Mason County’s Response to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

What is Mason County Public Health doing?
The Mason County Public Health Department is working closely with the state Department of Health to respond to this rapidly changing situation and help our community prepare. Our activities include:

  • Investigating COVID-19 contacts in the community
  • Working with local hospitals and health care providers
  • Providing guidance to our Alternate Care facilities, shelters and senior centers
  • Coordinating with partner agencies on planning and response.
  • Providing updates and guidance to the general public and community organizations.
  • Working with the Department of Health to coordinate COVID-19 testing

What can I do now to protect myself and my family?
Everyone should practice healthy habits to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash hands often.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid close contact with others.

People who are at higher risk for serious illness, including people with underlying health conditions, older adults, and pregnant women, should avoid crowds as much as possible to reduce close contact with people who are sick. Find more information here.

What should I do if I’m sick?
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Most people who have COVID-19 experience mild illness similar to a cold or flu. Some people are at higher risk of serious illness, people with underlying health conditions, older adults and pregnant women.

If you are sick, you should stay home and rest. If you feel you need medical evaluation, or you are at higher risk of complications, stay home and call your health care provider for guidance.

See the Department of Health's guidelines for people who have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 tests must be ordered by health care providers. Mason County Public Health Department does not provide testing directly.

See the Department of Health website for more information about COVID-19 testing in Washington.

What should I know if I am returning from international travel or have a trip planned?
Guidance for travelers is changing frequently. Check the CDC’s travel page for important updates.

Should I wear a mask?
We recommend that people wear cloth face coverings when they are in public settings where they cannot maintain six feet of distance from others. There is no mandate that you must wear a face covering. It is considered an additional layer of protection. Wearing cloth face coverings will not prevent spread of COVID-19 without doing other protective measures, such as washing your hands and maintaining physical distance. This recommendation is for cloth face coverings only, not medical-grade masks or respirators. Learn more about the face covering guidance here.