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COVID-19 prevention measures remain important with rise of cases


Last updated 7/26/2021 at 8:10am

The community is urged to remember that COVID-19 is not gone.

Though many pre-pandemic activities have resumed, there still are cases and outbreaks reported regularly.

Cases of COVID-19 are climbing again, as they are in many parts of the country. The rolling two-week case rate increased from 70 to 80 cases per 100,000 population between the period ending July 3 and the period ending July 10. Looking at weekly rather than two-week counts, there are indications that the case rate is likely to increase again. For the week of July 4-10, 384 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, a 36% increase from the previous week.

“COVID still is spreading in Snohomish County and elsewhere,” said Dr. Chris Spitters, health officer for the Snohomish Health District. “If we want to keep ourselves and others around us healthy, we need to maintain many of the prevention measures that we’ve been emphasizing for well over a year now.”

Vaccination is the most effective tool we have against the virus, and vaccine is readily available at no cost to those who have not yet taken their shot.

To help reverse course on increasing case rates, people are encouraged to:

• Get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you are age 12 or older. Anyone who received only the first dose in a two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna should get a second dose as soon as possible.

• Wear a mask if you are unvaccinated indoors in public or commercial spaces, and if you are outdoors and unable to keep at least six feet of space from people you don’t live with. Even those who are vaccinated should be prepared to wear masks in any venue that requires them, such as public transportation of all kinds, healthcare settings, schools, homeless shelters, jails, or any private enterprise that requires all patrons to wear masks.

• Stay home if you have any symptoms, wash your hands thoroughly and often, and follow isolation or quarantine guidance if you become ill with COVID or if you have been exposed to someone who is ill with COVID. While fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if they are exposed but do not have symptoms, they do need to isolate if they develop any symptoms after exposure or if they test positive.

• Business owners may allow vaccinated patrons to go mask-free, but unvaccinated people are still required to mask up per the statewide mask order. For businesses that are unable to enforce mask wearing or track who is vaccinated and who is not, consider asking all patrons to continue masking at this time, particularly when indoors.


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