Gov. Jay Inslee asks Washington residents to wear masks indoors, even if vaccinated

The governor also stated that K-12 students and teachers will be required to wear masks in school buildings this fall, regardless of vaccination status

Gov. Jay Inslee is once again asking Washington residents to wear a mask indoors in counties with high transmission rates, although he stopped short Wednesday of announcing a mandate. Inslee also stated that K-12 students and teachers will be required to wear masks in school buildings this fall, regardless of vaccination status.

Gov. Jay Inslee is once again asking Washington residents to wear a mask indoors in counties with high transmission rates, although he stopped short Wednesday of announcing a mandate.
Gov. Jay Inslee. File photo.

Inslee, speaking at a news conference Wednesday morning, cited the recent developments of the delta variant and rising COVID-19 cases in the state as his reasoning. The governor’s recommendation comes a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines, urging even people who have been vaccinated to wear masks indoors when in public.

Inslee said Wednesday he didn’t issue a mandate because he wanted to continue to encourage residents of the state to be vaccinated. Although, following the CDC’s updated guidelines doesn’t appear to offer any incentive.

According to a Tuesday statement from Clark County Public Health, Clark County is currently categorized as having substantial virus activity.

“Given the current virus activity in Clark County, Public Health is recommending face coverings for everyone in indoor settings, in alignment with CDC guidance,’’ the statement read.

According to a Wednesday statement from Clark County Public Health, Inslee’s mask requirement for students and staff  is a legal requirement from the state that schools must follow. Clark County Public Health and local school districts do not have the ability to implement less restrictive requirements.

“Children and adolescents benefit from in-person learning, and safely having students in the classroom is a priority,’’ read the statement from Clark County Public Health. “But schools include a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Children younger than 12 are not yet eligible to get vaccinated and remain at risk of illness from COVID-19.’’

Clark County Public Health stated that these requirements are consistent with recommendations from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The state will revisit these requirements if circumstances change.

The Department of Health will release complete guidance for K-12 schools later Wednesday.

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Pamela Hurt
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Pamela Hurt
1 month ago

This is stupid. I got the shots and willing to take boosters. You want to residents of our state quit letting Illegals stay. They R the typhoid Mary’s. Do you I care about Iegal residents at all..

Hilda
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Hilda
1 month ago

Compliance breeds more tyranny. Ignore the wannabe tyrant.

Nick
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Nick
1 month ago

You could all just say no?

Barnabus
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Barnabus
1 month ago

Just another contradiction and pack of lies. So kind of his excellency Inslee to allow the peasants to roam freely without masks. Pay attention folks, the dirtbag teachers union is the driving force behind this BS! Additionally, and as has already been stated, how many illegal aliens with Covid-19 have been filtered into Clark County?!

Savannah
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Savannah
1 month ago

Does anyone care about more important issues like the 6hundred a fifty million dollars stolen from unemployment, ask governor Enslee where is the money? More than likely lining his pockets and many other politicians have their hands in the pot.

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