Washington state and local health officials on Tuesday gave the public what was essentially an ultimatum: Take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or we’ll have to revisit a return to more stringent social and economic restrictions.
“There has been an accelerated growth in cases in the past two weeks,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, Washington’s state health officer, during an online briefing. The rise is being seen in Western and Eastern Washington and among all age groups. “Ideally we should all stop socializing for the next several weeks,” Lofy said.
Hospital admissions are increasing, and health officials are particularly anxious about the Thanksgiving holiday, which is a little more than two