Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday five counties east of the Cascade Mountains — Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin and Yakima — will advance to the second phase in his four-part reopening plan. It’s the first major change since he paused counties’ advancement through the phases this summer.

Throughout the country, however, infections are rising again, sparking fears that a forewarned wave of infections this fall and winter has begun.

Throughout Wednesday, on this page, we’ll post updates on the pandemic and its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world. Updates from Tuesday are here, and all our coronavirus coverage can be found here.