Updated: Feb 28, 2022
Washtenaw County is currently considered at a "medium" COVID-19 community level. At this level, masking in indoor public settings is no longer broadly recommended according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 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.
Masking can provide a beneficial layer of protection, and it is still recommended for individuals at higher risk of severe illness. Anyone who lives with or has social contact with someone at high risk for severe illness should consider additional protective strategies, including masking indoors in public settings and regular testing.
Everyone is encouraged to use available, effective strategies to prevent and reduce the spread of illness in our community, including:
- Get vaccinated or boosted when eligible (https://vaccinefinder.org)
- Everyone 5+ should get vaccinated
- Protection can weaken over time after getting vaccinated. Everyone 12+ should get a booster dose when eligible (www.washtenaw.org/covid19vaccine)
- Wear a well-fitting face mask if you are individually at increased risk. A multilayer, surgical, KN95, or N95 mask is recommended rather than a cloth mask; a cloth mask is better than no mask
- 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 (www.washtenaw.org/covid19whattodo)
- If gathering with others, increase ventilation (meet outside or open windows)
- Clean hands frequently
1 As of 2/28/22, the CDC has not updated guidance for K-12 school settings.
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