OLYMPIA — The state’s public health leaders are again “strongly recommending” all Washingtonians wear face masks indoors as some COVID-19 trends continue to steadily rise, but are not issuing any mandates.

Cases and hospitalizations have been increasing for the past two months as widespread indoor mask requirements ended and omicron subvariants picked up steam, but state Department of Health officials continue to report that severe illness and death remain much lower than in past surges. Now, their reminders of public health recommendations carry a stronger sense of urgency.

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