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With a mask mandate in effect, how effective is your mask?

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LYNNWOOD, Wash., August 23, 2021 – Today, Proclamation 21-14.1 requiring facial coverings in an indoor setting for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals goes into effect throughout Washington state. Violators may be found guilty of a gross misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and/or fines up to $5,000. The order, announced […]

5th wave hits county… Delta strain!

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., August 17, 2021 — A county-wide increase of 1,168 new COVID cases since August 9th for a cumulative total of 42,580 since January 2020.  A total of 642 people have died, an increase of 3 deaths within the same period. ICU capacity is at 90% with 75 people currently in county hospitals […]

Frequently Asked Questions on the Masking Directive

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., August 12, 2021 — On Tuesday, Dr. Chris Spitters, Health Officer for the Snohomish Health District, issued a new mask directive effective August 12, that stated everyone 5 years of age and up in Snohomish County must wear a face covering within indoor public spaces.  The mask directive led to a lot more questions […]

Masks now required indoors regardless of vaccination status

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., August 10, 2021 – Dr. Chris Spitters, health officer for the Snohomish Health District, issued a new masking directive today. Effective August 12, everyone 5 years of age and up in Snohomish County must wear a face covering within indoor public spaces.  This directive for masks indoors applies to spaces that are open to […]

Lynnwood Times Person of the Year: Dr. Chris Spitters

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By Noel Pai-Young  |  Lynnwood Times Staff Snohomish Wash., February 18, 2021 – The Lynnwood Times proudly presents the 2020 Person of the Year Award to Dr. Chris Spitters, Health Officer of Snohomish County. Dr. Spitters has been a key player in managing the coronavirus pandemic and assessing when it is appropriate for the county to […]

Snohomish County sees 21% increase in opioid deaths compared to same period last year

By Erin Freeman | Lynnwood Times Staff Snohomish County officials say coronavirus pandemic induced isolation is driving opioid overdose numbers higher, the county in a position to exceed last year’s overdose death total. According to the Snohomish County Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination Group, 86 people have died of an opioid related overdose by the end […]

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