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Letter from Dr. Allison Berry


April 26, 2022
From: Jefferson County Public Health
615 Sheridan Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360-385-9400
To: Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
2409 Jefferson St A
Port Townsend, WA 98368
(360) 385-7869
Dear Jefferson County business community, The COVID-19 case rate is at a high level and and has been rising since early March. So, I’m reaching out to encourage all of us to keep taking safety precautions, including wearing a mask. The quality of the mask you wear is especially important when you are surrounded by unmasked people. I recommend wearing a KN95, KF94, or N95 mask if your work regularly brings you in contact with unmasked people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study in February that showed those who wore an KN95 or N95 mask consistently while in indoor, public settings were 83 percent less likely to contract COVID-19 than unmasked individuals.
I also want to encourage you to post signs that promote mask wearing in your businesses. In our interviews with the public, we find that many individuals do not know that our case rates are high and that masking is recommended indoors. We’re asking for your support in spreading the word to keep your businesses safe. One of our signs is attached to this email. Printed copies are available M-F, 9 AM-4:30 PM at the Jefferson County Public Health Office beside QFC in Port Townsend. Our office also offers free N95 and KN95 masks (three per person) and free home COVID-19 test kits for those who need them. Please report positive home test results to us online by clicking here.
Thank you for your continuing efforts to keep our community healthier and safer. Please let us know if there’s anything more we can do to support the safety of your workplace. Sincerely, Allison Berry, MD, MPH Health Officer for Jefferson & Clallam Counties
We are forwarding this letter from Dr. Berry for you to share and the flyer for you to post. Both are downloadable here in their original formats.

 

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