Washington hospitals are already near capacity as the number of COVID patients increases.
The date was moved up 9 days as new case numbers continue to plummet.
Washington was one of three states with no guidance on ending the mask mandate prior to the announcement.
Washington hospitals are running out of options as the state takes the final measures to avoid crisis standards of care.
Thousands of complaints against a COVID testing company that started in an axe throwing lounge sparks multiple investigations.
Forecasts predict Washington hospitals will be completely overwhelmed with over 3,800 COVID patients by February.
COVID hospitalizations increased 49 percent in a week as new cases reach an unprecedented level in Western Washington.
Preliminary research shows omicron is more mild than delta - only if you're vaccinated.
An analysis of available data using models from the United Kingdom indicates Washington will run out of hospital resources by Jan 15.
New COVID cases are up 86% from a week ago as the Omicron variant tightens its grip.