Masking recommendations for group settings
Snohomish County Health Department strongly recommends masking for staff and children over 2 years old in public and group settings.
RECOMMENDATION: MASKING IN GROUP SETTINGS
Cases of respiratory illness remain high within Snohomish County and Washington State. Clinics, urgent cares, emergency rooms, and hospitals remain overwhelmed. In addition, we are seeing an increase of cases and outbreaks within our district schools.
For this reason, Snohomish County Health Department strongly recommends masking for staff and children over 2 years old in public and group settings. In collaboration, Edmonds School District strongly recommends mask wearing in schools to support healthy school environments.
Our Health Officer Dr. James Lewis joined more than 30 other local health officers and healthcare leaders to recommend masking and other illness prevention measures this winter.
"Communities across our state and around the U.S. are experiencing an unprecedented surge in viral respiratory illnesses, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza, and COVID-19. As health officers and health care leaders working to improve the health of Washington residents, we recommend that everyone wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask when around others in indoor spaces to protect against both acquiring and spreading these infections to others."
All district facilities continue to provide free masks and encourage hand hygiene. Also, expanded opportunities for COVID-19 and influenza testing are now available. Contact your school office to request testing. New COVID-19 and Flu A + B test is available
All families need to continue to report COVID-19 or other communicable illnesses to school offices and stay home when sick.