Districts decry the loss of “local control” in health and safety decisions following the governor's order that schools require masks inside this fall.
State government employees and visitors inside state agencies must mask up when indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Vaccinations have slowed to a snail’s pace, creating uncertainty about when the state will reach 70% vaccination for adults.
Experts says that if unvaccinated people now stop wearing masks or wearing them as much as they did before that the virus will spread.
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At the same time, the progress in vaccinations means that five counties qualify for the lower risk category and can increase business activities.
The protest event was promoted by the People’s Rights Network, a far-right catchall group organized by Ammon Bundy.
Copies of the N95 masks, which are prized for their ability to filter out 95% of particles, have flooded the country, including 1.9 million that were distributed to 40 hospitals in Washington state.