COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions







Why should I wear a mask?






Am I required to wear a mask?
Face coverings are an additional tool we can use to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. They protect others by blocking droplets that contain the virus from spreading to others when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes, or speaks.


Per CDC, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. 


What is the current state of COVID-19 in Washington and Yakima County?

COVID-19 case and death counts are updated daily on our data summary webpage.

For statewide information on COVID-19, visit the Washington State Coronavirus Response website.


How can I prevent the spread of COVID-19?You can prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following the Health Officer’s Mask Directive and wearing a face mask in public spaces where it is hard to maintain 6 feet distance from others. Practice good personal health habits such as covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, washing your hands often with soap and water, cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects, and staying home when you’re sick.
How can people protect themselves?
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.
  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.


What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?If you are fully vaccinated and been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms. However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.


What should I do if someone in my house gets sick with COVID-19?
Individuals with sick household members should follow the same precautions as close contacts AND CDC’s recommendations for household members, intimate partners, and caregivers.


What is the risk of my child becoming sick with COVID-19?


Although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can:

  • Be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19
  • Get sick from COVID-19
  • Spread COVID-19 to others.



How can I protect my child from getting COVID-19?

CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. Getting your child or teen vaccinated can bring you one step closer to enjoying the activities you miss. Children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.






Where can I get resources (social media, flyers etc.) to share within the community around Stop the Spread of COVID-19 and vaccine information? 
Yakima Health District’ launched a dual-language online toolkit and website created for community organizations. The toolkit includes flyers, social media images, recommended posts, talking points, and a video to share. yakimatogether.org


Page updated on 05/19/2021