State mask mandate to be dropped next week

Statewide mask mandate will end Saturday, March 12


Washington state’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted next week, on Saturday, March 12.
Governor Jay Inslee announced February 28 that he would push up the previous indoor mask lift from March 21 to Saturday, March 12. Masks will be recommended in schools, but not required, according to the governor’s office.
Oregon and California will make masks optional for vaccinated and unvaccinated people the same day because of declining case rates and hospitalizations.
Masks will still be required on public transit, as well as health care, corrections and long-term care facilities.
Whatcom County Covid-19 case rates are quickly declining from the omicron variant’s peak in mid-January.
All school district areas in Whatcom County decreased in Covid-19 cases since last week, according to Whatcom County Health Department data. The case rate in the Blaine area, 228 cases per 100,000 people, is the lowest it’s been since late December 2021. Lynden had the highest case rate at 302 cases per 100,000 people and Meridian had the lowest at 89 cases per 100,000 people. The Blaine school district area had the third highest Covid-19 case rates in the county.
Seven county residents died from Covid-19 in the past reporting week, bringing the virus death toll up to 267 people in Whatcom County. The first young person in the county died from Covid-19, who was between the ages of 10 and 19.
On March 1, 15 PeaceHealth patients had either been admitted for Covid-19 or tested positive for Covid-19 after being admitted for another reason.
People 25-44 years old have the highest Covid-19 transmissions in the county, with 280 cases per 100,000 people. 
The health department had not released its weekly Covid-19 report that includes details on Covid-19 deaths and hospitalizations by press time.

The province of B.C. is expected to relax its rules in mid-March, according to published remarks by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. According to the Vancouver Sun newspaper, Henry said remaining restrictions will most likely be lifted before spring break which begins March 13. Vaccination cards will most likely still be required to enter restaurants and other public venues, however.


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