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By Michele Smith
the Times 

Columbia County Health Department is asking for a variance from the state to move into COVID-19 Phase II


Lane Gwinn

DAYTON-On Friday May 1 Governor Jay Inslee announced a four-phase plan for reopening businesses in Washington state. That announcement included an opportunity for ten smaller, rural counties to apply for a variance to reopen certain businesses a few weeks earlier than other counties, and Columbia County is on that list.

On Monday, Columbia County Public Health Director Martha Lanman presented the criteria needed to comply with requirements to apply for a variance to the Board of County Commissioners.

The Columbia County Board of Health recommends the variance application and Columbia County...

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