Updated: March 4, 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. A multilayer surgical, KN95, or N95 mask is recommended rather than a cloth mask. 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 and stay up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccinations (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).
- 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 you test positive, talk to your doctor right away about treatment options to prevent severe illness.
- Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible.
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.
1 As of 3/4/22, the CDC has not updated guidance for K-12 school settings.
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