SEATTLE – Hilary Franz, Washington’s Commissioner for Public Lands, tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.
Franz said she got the positive result after taking a home test. She said she wants quarantine according to CDC guidelineswhich requires her to stay home for at least five days before performing a self-check, and then wearing a mask around others for another five days.
“I am grateful to be fully vaccinated, boosted and only experiencing mild symptoms,” Franz said. “I urge everyone to be vaccinated, boosted and [tested] on a regular basis.”
Washington dropped its mask mandate on March 12, when COVID cases fell from their peak during Omicron variant. Several local clinics and test sites closed their doors as the state moved on from the pandemic.
The virus is still circulating and mutating, with the omicron BA.2 subvariant now being the most prominent strain in the state.
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