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Posted on: June 17, 2022

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

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Washtenaw County is currently at a "medium" COVID-19 Community Level as of June 30, 2022. 

CDC recommendations at this level don't include broad masking recommendations. However, 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. A multilayer surgical, KN95, or N95 mask is recommended rather than a cloth 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 continue using available, effective strategies to prevent and reduce the spread of illness in our community, including: 

  • Get vaccinated and stay up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccinations ( Everyone eligible should get vaccinated. Protection can weaken over time after getting vaccinated. Get a booster dose when eligible (  
  • Seek testing if feeling ill or if you have been exposed. Stay away from others if you are feeling ill, have been recently exposed, are waiting for test results, or have tested positive ( If you test positive, talk to your doctor right away about treatment options to prevent severe illness.
  • Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible 

If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, the CDC recommends having a plan for rapid testing if needed and talking with your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for COVID treatments if needed.  

Those who are immunocompromised or have a history of severe allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines may be eligible for medications to help prevent COVID-19. Talk to your healthcare provider or learn more here

Please remember that COVID-19 is still present and will be part of our lives for a while, perhaps even indefinitely. Additional surges are possible and recommendations regarding prevention strategies may change as conditions evolve or in the event that Washtenaw County moves to a higher COVID-19 Community Level.  Please be prepared to take measures in the future to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community. Learn more about community levels and prevention recommendations here.

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