Page updated: March 28, 2021 at 2:22 p.m.
Businesses, recreation sites, and venues are open at full capacity (provided they meet workplace safety requirements).
Effective March 12, 2022 masks are optional in most settings for people above five years of age. Everyone in Washington must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth in health care settings, long-term care settings, and correctional and jail settings. See or Masks and Face Coverings page for more information.
Vaccines are still our best defense against COVID-19, but no vaccine is 100% effective and masks provide an additional layer of defense against highly transmissible new variants. See our masking page for more details.
To find out more, visit www.coronavirus.wa.gov.
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In January 2022, the Whatcom County Health Department turned over general case investigation and contact tracing to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). We are still investigating outbreaks in schools, long-term care facilities, and businesses.
In February 2022, DOH announced that it was changing its approach to case investigation and contact tracing. Instead of reaching out to every person who tests positive for COVID-19, Washington will focus CICT efforts on four key areas:
If you have questions, you can call us at 360-778-6100.
Contact tracers, or case/contact investigators (CCIs) call people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 and their close contacts.
They talk with each person who has received a positive COVID-19 test to find out:
Once we know this information, we reach out to each person who is a close contact to:
CCIs will ask a few identifying questions:
CCIs will never ask for your:
For more information on how to avoid scammers, visit Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information: Help COVID-19 contact tracers, not scammers.
To find out more, see our COVID-19 Case Investigation fact sheet.
Data regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community can be found on our COVID-19 Data Dashboard. We protect private health information and only share limited details about COVID-19 cases.
We get this question a lot. The main reasons are:
Variants of concern are newly evolved strains, or variants, of COVID-19 that may be more highly transmissible, cause more severe illness, or resist antibodies generated from previous infection or vaccination. New variants make up the vast majority of new COVID-19 cases in Washington state.
As of December 27, 2021, there are only two variants currently classified by DOH as Variants of Concern. Those variants are:
The emergence of new variants further emphasizes the importance of getting vaccinated for COVID-19, and for getting booster. Vaccines provide strong protection against severe COVID-19 illness. For more information about new COVID-19 variants, visit DOH's COVID-19 Variants page.
The good news is that all the prevention strategies we know work against the original COVID-19 strain work against these variants too. Take the following precautions to protect yourself against variants of concern: