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Posted on: January 10, 2022

[ARCHIVED] What to know about COVID-19 in Washtenaw County

COVID News Flash

Updated: 2/28/22

Washtenaw County is currently considered at a "medium" COVID-19 community level. At this level, masking in indoor public locations is no longer broadly recommended according the the CDC1, but is still recommended when individuals are not yet eligible for vaccination, still vulnerable to severe illness, or around vulnerable individuals.  At all levels, people can wear a mask based on preference or risk. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. 

Additional precautions and recommendations at this level include:

  • Wear a well-fitting face mask (a surgical, KN95, or N95 mask is recommended over a cloth mask), if opting to wear one in indoor, public or crowded spaces
  • Get vaccinated or boosted when eligible (
    • Everyone 5+ should get vaccinated
    • Protection can weaken over time after getting vaccinated. Everyone 12+ should get a booster dose when eligible (

Everyone is strongly encouraged to use all available, effective strategies to prevent and reduce the spread of illness: 

  • Seek testing if feeling ill, or if you have been exposed 
  • Stay away from others if you are feeling ill or recently exposed, waiting for test results, or have tested positive* (
  • If seeing others, increase ventilation (meet outside or open windows), keep at least 6 feet apart, and wear masks (especially if indoors)
  • Clean hands frequently

1 As of 2/28/22, the CDC has not updated guidance for K-12 school settings. 

* A positive at-home test is considered a positive and does not need to be confirmed with a PCR or additional test. Local testing resources are stretched thin and transmission is high - if you have already tested positive, we do not recommend testing again before at least 5 days have passed and any symptoms improved or resolved. In some cases you may need a record of an official PCR test, such as for future travel or medical/insurance records, but it is not necessary for confirmation of infection.

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