Washington state to require face masks after county runs out of hospital beds

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BY LI COHEN

JUNE 23, 2020 / 9:41 PM / CBS NEWS

A county in Washington state has run out of hospital beds because of a recent spike in coronavirus cases — and now, Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the entire state is going to take a more aggressive approach to handling the pandemic. Everyone in the state, minus a few exceptions, will now have to wear a face mask, and will be charged with a misdemeanor crime if they fail to do so. AdTop 10 Deals for Flip Flops For Women!PAID CONTENT BY MICROSOFT ADS

In a Tuesday press conference, Inslee said the state is experiencing an “uptick” in COVID-19 activity, and that to stop it, the state needs to “remain vigilant and diligent and resourceful.” 

“The number of people that one person infects is now going up,” Inslee said, adding that every coronavirus-infected individual in the state is potentially infecting around three other people. 

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