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April 4, 2020

New Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings

Skagit County Public Health recommends community members follow the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) new guidance to wear cloth face coverings when out of the house for essential activities.

Washington is currently experiencing significant asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19. Cloth face coverings can reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well.

Face coverings are an extra level of protection but will not protect you by themselves. You must continue to follow hygiene and social distancing guidance. 

This new guidance is for cloth face coverings only. Individuals should not put increased demand on medical grade or surgical masks. 
To learn more about when you should wear a face covering and how to care for it, visit the DOH website for the full guidance document.

For more information and resources from Skagit County Public Health, visit www.skagitcounty.net/coronavirus