Erika Lautenbach, director of the Whatcom County Health Department, said it’s imperative for Whatcom County residents to double-down on known preventive measures.
“The steps we need to take are familiar by now,” Lautenbach said, “and if we all act immediately, we can stop this viral surge in its tracks.”
These measures, Lautenbach said, include wearing a mask whenever around others who aren’t from the same household, avoiding gatherings, washing or sanitizing hands frequently, and staying home when experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or after spending any time around others with symptoms. Anyone experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath should get tested immediately and stay home from work or school.
“We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again,” Lautenbach said, “But this time much more urgently. Now, perhaps more than ever, the actions you take today can save your life and the lives of others. Cancel your plans this weekend.”
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