This is a bad sign for the COVID-19 reopening plan in Western Washington. On Tuesday, Snohomish County executive Dave Somers said that the area was in danger of reversing its reopening course in the midst of a recent spike in cases of the novel coronavirus, if things didn’t improve soon.

Currently, Snohomish — like King County — is in phase two of Washington’s “Safe Start” reopening plan, which allows restaurants to open at 50 percent capacity indoors and outdoors. However, with a recent rise in cases (42 new cases per 100,000 people, versus the phase two benchmark of 25 per 100,000), the county may need to go back to phase one, said Somers. If that were the case, all dining rooms that recently reopened must

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