As I’m sure you’ve seen in the news, we’re experiencing a rapid surge in new COVID-19 cases, which is very alarming. Masks and vaccinations remain our most effective tools for protecting against the spread of COVID-19. We’re already requiring masks in our City buildings, libraries and transit center – but today the Snohomish Health District issued a new directive, effective Thursday, which requires everyone over the age of five to wear a face covering within “indoor public spaces” in Snohomish County. This includes retail shops, grocery stores, government buildings and other places open to the public. So remember to pack those masks when you leave home!
And please get vaccinated! Vaccines are free, widely available and can help keep you and your loved ones safe. The health district also has great resources to provide more info on where and how you can find a vaccine, as well as frequently asked questions addressing some of the myths and misperceptions about vaccines.
I know this is exhausting and we are all so ready to be on the other side of this pandemic. Masking and vaccinating are our best strategies for getting there and work best when we apply them together as a community; as One Everett.
Thank you for doing your part.
Be safe. Be well.