PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Governor Jay Inslee urged Washingtonians to wear masks in public during his press conference on Tuesday.
After recording more than 1000 cases of COVID-19 in a single day on Monday, Inslee said the uptick was concerning.
“Here’s the deal, and it’s good news: We know what works in this fight. It is not a great mystery. We can wear face coverings because we know that mounting medical evidence has shown it’s compelling to understand that we can lower COVID-19 infection rates by a very simple thing, and that is to wear face coverings. This have a key to keep businesses open. Pretty simple. That’s what we want to do,” Inslee said.
Dr. Kathy Lofy also spoke during the press conference.
“While I do not believe that we will be successful in controlling spread if only half of our population follows these measures, we really need everyone to follow these measures every day if we want to keep our economy open and send our kids to school and to keep transmission at bay,” Lofy said.
The overall total in Washington state is nearly 37,000 cases with 1370 deaths. Additionally, the positive rate from testing is now 5.9% in Washington.
Tuesday is also the day Washington businesses won’t be allowed to serve customers who don’t wear face coverings. It’s part of Inslee’s “Mask Up, Open Up” campaign aimed at driving down infection rates and COVID-19 case numbers across the state.