News Flash

Public Health News

Posted on: August 13, 2021

Masks Required in Indoor Public Spaces starting August 16th

Jefferson County Public Health Logo

August 13, 2021
For Immediate Release

Allison Berry, MD, MPH, Jefferson County Health Officer

Spanish translation of press release click here..

Spanish translation of health order click here

Masks Required in Indoor Public Spaces starting August 16th

Clarification: 8/13/21 3:12 PM: Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry clarified that, for restaurants, masks must be worn to the table and can be removed for eating and drinking. 

JEFFERSON COUNTY—Everyone aged 5 and older in Jefferson and Clallam Counties must wear a face covering in indoor public spaces, regardless of their vaccination status, according to a new masking order issued today by Dr. Allison Berry, Health Officer for Jefferson and Clallam Counties.

The order will go into effect Monday, August 16th and applies to all businesses and government offices within the two counties. Masks are not required but are recommended in outdoor settings where large groups are gathering close together. Masks are additionally not required but are recommended for children between the ages of 2 and 5.

The new masking order comes in response to the alarming growth in COVID-19 cases in the region and the rise of the highly infectious Delta Variant. In Jefferson County, COVID-19 case rates have quadrupled in the last month from 47 to 197 cases per 100,000 residents. In neighboring Clallam County, cases rates have risen five-fold from 63 to an unprecedented 333 cases per 100,000 residents.

 “Jefferson and Clallam Counties are experiencing the highest rates of COVID-19 transmission that we ever have in this pandemic,” Dr. Berry said. “We are at a critical juncture and we must act fast to control transmission of this virus to keep our communities safe and functioning.”

Masks along with vaccination remain the most effective methods we have to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Both are safe and highly effective at preventing transmission, hospitalization and death from the COVID-19 virus. In Washington State, 94% of hospitalizations and deaths in 2021 due to COVID-19 were among the unvaccinated.

69% of Jefferson County residents have completed vaccination against COVID-19. Even though that percentage is one of the highest in the state, it still means that thousands of our neighbors, friends, family, and co-workers, especially young children and those whose immune systems cannot fully respond to the vaccine, remain vulnerable to infection from COVID-19 and its variants.

“We must come together to build our community resilience against this virus,” urged Dr. Berry. “That means using all the highly effective tools that we have at our disposal now. It is not too late. If you get vaccinated today, you will protect yourself, your family, and your community in the weeks to come. If you put a mask on today, you will make a difference today.”

For more information about the COVID vaccine, including where to find a clinic near you, visit

Click here to read masking order


Other News in Public Health News

homeowner septic classes

Septic System Classes Offered

Posted on: May 17, 2023
Press Releases (2)

Anderson Lake Closed Due to Toxin

Posted on: April 21, 2023
2023 County Health Ranking

2023 County Health Rankings

Posted on: March 29, 2023
All Species Closure Clam Image

Discovery Bay All Species Closure

Posted on: March 22, 2023
Press Releases (8)

Quilcene Bay Shellfish Advisory Removed

Posted on: October 28, 2022

Quilcene Bay Shellfish Closure

Posted on: October 3, 2022

Oak Bay Shellfish Closure for Biotoxin

Posted on: September 16, 2022
Press Releases (2)

Discovery Bay Shellfish Closure

Posted on: June 27, 2022
Press Release Anderson Lake

Anderson Lake High in Toxin

Posted on: April 29, 2022
Jefferson County Public Health Logo

Opioid Crisis in Jefferson County

Posted on: April 11, 2022
Free tests, masks

Free home test kits, masks

Posted on: February 15, 2022
Public Health Order Update

Public Health Order Update

Posted on: February 11, 2022
February Vaccination Clinics Social Media

Vaccination Clinics in February

Posted on: January 28, 2022
Jan 29 Vaccination Clinic

Vaccination Clinics on January 29

Posted on: January 19, 2022
Care-a-Van Coming to PT

Vaccination Clinics on January 22

Posted on: January 14, 2022
January Vaccination Clinics (1)

Vaccination Clinics Set for January 8 & 15

Posted on: December 27, 2021
20211005 North Beach Sewage Outfall Break Yellow Sign

Sewage Outfall Break at North Beach

Posted on: October 5, 2021

Discovery Bay Shellfish Closure

Posted on: July 14, 2021
20210513_cyanobacteria bloom tim photo credit anderson lake


Posted on: May 13, 2021


Posted on: April 9, 2021

WA Healthplanfinder's Open Enrollment

Posted on: October 5, 2017

Gibbs Lake Closed Due to Toxin

Posted on: August 17, 2017