Island Senior: Wearing Masks

Posted March 18, 2022 at 8:39 am by

As of March 12, Wash­ing­ton State has relaxed mask require­ments. Accord­ing to the Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Health, “Decreas­ing rates of infec­tion and hos­pi­tal­iza­tions, and high vac­ci­na­tion rates have allowed us to move into a new recov­ery phase of the pandemic.”

That said, the March 11 media release from San Juan Coun­ty reports 23 new con­firmed cas­es on San Juan Island. They go on to say, “we should remem­ber that the masks we wore dra­mat­i­cal­ly reduced dis­ease spread by pro­tect­ing both our­selves and those around us.” Mask wear­ing has also kept us from get­ting com­mon colds and the flu — good rea­sons in my opin­ion to keep our masks handy.

Health­care facil­i­ties and trans­porta­tion sys­tems with fed­er­al require­ments includ­ing fer­ries and air trav­el will still require masks. Local busi­ness­es and orga­ni­za­tions may require or encour­age wear­ing masks. San Juan Island Food Co-op will have “Masked Morn­ings” where mask­ing will be required every day between 10 and 11 a.m. Mask poli­cies are now gen­er­al­ly up to indi­vid­ual busi­ness­es or organizations.

The Mullis Cen­ter remains cau­tious stat­ing, “Although the Wash­ing­ton State mask­ing require­ment was lift­ed on March 12, the Mullis Cen­ter will be main­tain­ing mask require­ments at the cen­ter through the end of March. We are tak­ing extra pre­cau­tions as we serve a vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tion and in response to the steady infec­tion rate on San Juan Island.”

It is up to us as indi­vid­u­als to nav­i­gate where we feel both safe our­selves and social­ly respon­si­ble to our com­mu­ni­ty. Stay informed and if you are not sure what to do ask a health professional.

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