In accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee's Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery, the WIAA revamped Season 1 while moving traditional fall sports to Season 1 and will review Seasons 2 and 3. Willapa Harbor high schools hope to participate in the sports of football, volleyball, cross country, girls soccer and boys soccer.
The first day of practice is scheduled for Feb. 1, but first the governor's new guidelines and metrics must be met. However, it may be difficult to get sports started in the next phase since Inslee has Pacific County lumped in the West Region along with Grays Harbor, Lewis and Thurston counties, which have many more COVID-19 confirmed cases than Pacific County. At press time, the WIAA was scheduled to review Seasons 2 and 3 at yesterday's board meeting.
The governor's Regional Approach plan went into effect last Monday (Jan. 11) and it has eight regions, including West, Southwest (Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Skamania, Wahkiakum), Northwest (Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason), North (Island, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom), Puget Sound (King, Pierce, Snohomish), South Central (Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Kittitas, Walla Walla, Yakima), North Central (Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan), and East (Adams, Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman). These regions are largely based on the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regions used for evaluating healthcare services and the impact COVID-19 has on the healthcare system.