OLYMPIA – The “pause” in Washington’s economic reopening will be extended for at least two more weeks as the state tries to stem the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday.

Some areas face a “significant risk” that they could face more restrictions if current efforts to fight the pandemic aren’t successful, Inslee warned.

“This pandemic is still surging in the state of Washington,” Inslee said while announcing the pause that freezes counties in their current phase of reopening.

“We are not in as bad of shape as some other states. We are heading into big trouble if we don’t figure out a way to knock this virus down.”

The Spokane Regional Health District confirmed 76 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the

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