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CDC recommends 6 Washington counties should wear masks again

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According to recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, residents of six counties in Washington should once again wear masks indoors and while riding public transportation.

The most recent data from the CDC indicates that Lewis County, Pacific County, Thurston County, Grays Harbor County, Garfield County, and Spokane County all have “high” COVID-19 community levels, defined as 200 or more new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the previous week, or more than 20 new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people in the previous week.

KOIN-TV reported that the counties range from 418 cases per 100,000 people in Pacific County to 207 cases per 100,000 people in Spokane County.

The CDC advised those at risk for severe illness in these six counties to take additional precautions beyond simply wearing a mask, including maintaining a 6-foot distance from others, avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated areas, and frequently washing their hands.

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