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After a request from the state for more information, Skagit County Public Health leadership expects a ruling as soon as Thursday on its application to move into Phase 2 of the governor's Safe Start plan. 

Howard Leibrand, the county health officer, said the state asked for more information on the county's COVID-19 contact tracing system and more on what it plans to do for higher-risk residents. He said his team submitted the requested information about 4 p.m. today.

County leaders applied Monday to enter Phase 2. The four-phase Safe Start plan promotes a gradual reopening for the state economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a news conference this afternoon, Gov. Jay Inslee said the state Department of Health was reviewing Skagit County's application, along with five other counties that have applied to move to Phase 2. Six counties that are currently in Phase 2 have applied to move on to Phase 3, he said. 

— Reporter Brandon Stone: bstone@skagitpublishing.com, 360-416-2112, Twitter: @Brandon_SVH

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