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Letter to the editor | Data supports opening state with strategic targeting

Series: Coronavirus | Story 108

Last updated 5/13/2020 at 2:49pm

Governor Inslee announced a four-phased approach to reopening Washington State, starting May 4 and running possibly 12 weeks before completion. His decisions are to be “based on data and science.”

His website,, shows risk assessment dashboards with underlying stratified data. but nothing I saw resembling a scientific analysis supporting his decision.

According to the May 1, 2020 data, 814 of our 7.41 million Washington population died of COVID-19 (0.01%). Ninety percent of all deaths are 60+ years old, with 52% 80+ years old. Other age groups experience much...

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