Face Coverings

Updated 7/1/2022

COVID-19 transmission is "high" in Washington County

On June 30, 2022, the CDC released an update to the COVID-19 community levels. Along with the majority of Oregon counties, Washington County is now categorized as “high” community level of disease transmission. Washington County Public Health recommends community members follow CDC’s guidance for universal masking in indoor public places and on public transit. We encourage community members to hold gatherings outside and urge everyone to get vaccinated/boosted as appropriate for their age and health status.Masks are welcome flier available in multiple languages

The CDC also recommends that those who are at higher risk for severe disease or who are immunocompromised should:

  • Wear a mask or respirator that provides them with greater protection
  • Consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where they could be exposed
  • Talk to their healthcare provider about whether they need to take other precautions (e.g., testing)
  • Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (e.g., having home tests or access to testing)
  • Talk to their healthcare provider about whether they are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies

The CDC uses three factors to determine a county's community level: the number of new COVID patients admitted to the hospital, the percent of hospital beds occupied by COVID patients, and the number of new COVID cases in the county.  

Read OHA's mask requirements and recommendations. You can also download and print posters in multiple languages.


If I do wear a mask, what type should I wear?

Face coverings come in many forms, such as N95 respirators, KN95 masks, surgical masks and cloth face coverings. The two most important things to consider when selecting and wearing a mask are to:

  1. Pick a mask with multiple layers. This type of mask will stop more respiratory droplets getting inside your mask or escaping from your mask if you are sick. You can wear a cloth mask over a surgical mask. 
  2. Make sure your mask fits snugly against your face. Gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and out around the edges of the mask.

More details on how to use each type of mask are on CDC's website