SEATTLE, WA —Wednesday state health officials confirmed six new deaths linked to COVID-19 in Washington and 317 new confirmed cases of the disease.

Three of the deaths were reported in King County. The remainder were in Yakima, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Yakima County also had the brunt of the new cases, with 189 lab-confirmed infections.

The new numbers mean a total of 22,484 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the evergreen state since the outbreak began, and 1,135 people have died. A total of 377,327 Washingtonians have been tested for the coronavirus, meaning roughly six percent of tests come back positive.

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Catch up on the latest developments:

The first counties apply for Phase 3

As many large counties are struggling to leave Phase 1, some of Washington’s least-populated areas have applied to enter Phase 3.

Phase 3 applications were first accepted Wednesday, and Columbia, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Orielle, Stevens and Wahkiakum all applied as soon as the option was available.

A county must have been in Phase 2 for at least 3 weeks before it is eligible to enter Phase 3. Columbia, Ferry, Lincoln, and Pend Orielle all received approval to enter Phase 2 on May 8. Wahkiakum and Stevens followed shortly after on May 11. Garfield and Skamania counties are also eligible to apply, but have not yet submitted an application.

Applications to enter Phase 3 are judged on a variety of metrics. State officials consider if new outbreaks of the virus have cropped up because of reopening businesses, and also ask that the counties use contact tracing to identify who is still catching the virus, and who they might be spreading it to.

According to the state, a county entering Phase 3 should interview 90 percent of coronavirus patients within 24 hours of that patient receiving a positive test. From there, 80 percent of the people that patient had contact with will need to be interviewed within 48 hours.

The six county’s applications will take a few days to be reviewed and approved or denied by the state Secretary of Health. Counties who are approved to enter Phase 3 will see a number of restrictions lifted: restaurants and bars can return to 75 percent capacity and restrictions on outdoor group activities and sports games are lifted as long as public gatherings involve 50 or fewer people.

Read more: 6 Counties Apply For Phase 3 Of Reopening Plan

King County submits application for modified Phase 1

Wednesday King County Executive Dow Constantine took the final step and submitted the county’s proposal for a “modified Phase 1” solution that would allow some businesses to reopen, despite the county not meeting the requirements to enter a full Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan.

In particular, the modified Phase 1 would allow a lot more recreational or outdoor activities, which are lower risk for spreading the virus. It would allow all outdoor recreational activities as outlined in Phase 2, and allow restaurants and hair salons to reopen at 25 percent of their normal capacity. Construction and manufacturing could return as it would under Phase 2, and social gatherings would be allowed with five or fewer people from outside the household.

Constantine says the state should make a decision on the application in the next few days.

“Our plan to safely reopen our region’s economy is based on the latest data, recommendations by Public Health experts, and insight from communities and businesses,” Constantine said. “We are ready to take the next careful step toward an equitable recovery that benefits everyone who calls King County home.”

Pierce and Snohomish counties, Washington’s two other largest, have met enough requirements that their representatives have submitted applications to fully enter Phase 2. The decision on those applications is also expected sometime in the next few days.

Read more: King County Submits Reopening Application

Department of Health releases new public tool for tracking progress

Wednesday the state launched a new version of their COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard, which lets users track several key metrics, including the number of cases per every 100,000 residents diagnosed over the past two weeks— perhaps the single biggest metric for determining a county’s success in containing the disease.

According to the dashboard, the state at large has already met two of the key metrics: around 64 percent of hospital beds are occupied, and only 3.5 percent of beds are occupied by coronavirus patients.

However, other metrics still have a ways to go: right now there are 41.8 patients diagnosed with the coronavirus every two weeks out of every 100,000 Washingtonians. The goal is to have fewer than 25.

Health officials say this exact data, now easily available to the public, is the same data they will use to decide how and when to reopen parts of the state, and they encourage the public to follow along to see how their communities are doing, and how they couild improve.

Read more: DOH Launches New Dashboard To Track State’s Coronavirus Progress

Coronavirus cases by county:

County

Confirmed Cases

Hospitalizations

Deaths

Adams

73 (+10)

6

0

Asotin

19

1

2

Benton

838 (+15)

146 (+4)

63

Chelan

254 (+4)

18

6

Clallam

27 (+2)

3 (+1)

0

Clark

550 (+4)

89

22

Columbia

1

0

0

Cowlitz

76 (+3)

13

0

Douglas

172

12

3

Ferry

1

0

0

Franklin

632 (+22)

70 (+2)

20

Garfield

0

0

0

Grant

211 (+3)

25

4

Grays Harbor

18 (+1)

7

0

Island

181

30

11

Jefferson

31

6

0

King

8,264 (+37)

1,619 (+4)

573 (+3)

Kitsap

163 (+1)

25

2

Kittitas

89

0

0

Klickitat

28

6

3

Lewis

37

10

3

Lincoln

2

0

0

Mason

36

3

1

Okanogan

52 (+2)

4

1

Pacific

9

2

1

Pend Orielle

3

0

0

Pierce

1,968 (+18)

357 (+3)

82 (+1)

San Juan

15

1

0

Skagit

443 (+5)

51

15

Skamania

4 (+1)

1

0

Snohomish

2,991 (+4)

561

150 (+1)

Spokane

627 (+15)

88

34

Stevens

13 (+2)

4

1

Thurston

154 (+2)

21

2

Wahkiakum

4

0

0

Walla Walla

110

8

2

Whatcom

402 (+1)

53 (+1)

37

Whitman

20 (+4)

0

0

Yakima

3,938 (+189)

325 (+20)

97 (+1)

Unassigned

28 (+1)

3 (+2)

0

Total

22,484 (+327)

3,578 (+61)

1,135 (+6)

The above numbers are provided by the state Department of Health, and some numbers differ from the totals provided separately by county health agencies.

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This article originally appeared on the Seattle Patch