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Cloth Mask FAQ

Why do I need to wear a mask? COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets we all expel when as we cough, sneeze, speak, or even breathe. Covering your mouth and nose keeps these droplets to yourself. This is especially important if you are going to be less than six feet from other people. No single action completely stops the spread of the virus. In addition to consistently using cloth face coverings when we leave home, we also must continue to wash our hands often with soap and water, stay home if we feel sick, and stay six feet away from others whenever possible.

What should I do if I see someone not wearing a mask? Nothing. Some people have conditions or circumstances that would make wearing a cloth face covering difficult or dangerous. Just wear your mask and stay six feet away.  

When do I not have to wear a mask? You do not need to wear a cloth face covering when you are in your own home or in your car, if you are only with people in your own household. You also do not need to wear a cloth face covering when you are exercising outdoors and you have plenty of space. It’s a good idea to keep one in your pocket, though, in case you end up running into someone on the trail.

I’d like to make my own! What kind of fabric should I use? Use a tight weave, cotton fabric. The kind of fabrics used for shirts or quilting work well. Heavier cottons (upholstery weight, denim, twill, etc.) are uncomfortable to wear and hard to breathe through. If you’re really crafty, try making one with that allows others to see your lips as you speak! It’s really helpful to people who are hard of hearing. Here are some instructions:

I definitely don’t want to make my own. What’s the absolute easiest way to do this? Cloth face coverings do not need to be complicated or expensive. Save medical masks and respirators for health care workers and others in high-risk settings. The absolute easiest way to do this is to take a scarf or any breathable, washable fabric, and wrap it around your face so that a couple layers of fabric are completely covering your mouth and nose.

Klickitat County Health Department Services During Public Closure due to COVID-19 (pending Phase 3)

Environmental Health

  • The water labs will be open in both Goldendale and White Salmon Monday through Thursday starting 6/22 during normal business hours. Prior to dropping off water samples, you must still call the Health Department to receive information on the drop off process.
  • We are processing site evaluations, septic designs, and OSS permits related to new and existing building permits. 
  • All fees must be mailed in via check or paid via cash and placed in dropbox. No receipts will be given at the time of drop off but can be mailed or emailed upon request.

Family Planning

  • Most appointments can be completed via phone call.
  • All clients will be screened by phone when the appointment is confirmed. You must complete screening prior to in-person appointments.
  • If possible, only the client should enter the clinic, no support persons or children. If others must attend, they will need to complete screening questions at the same time as the client.


  • The majority of appointments can be done via phone call. Any appointments that must be done in person will complete screening questions prior to appointment.
  • New clients will need to complete screening questions prior to coming to the office for their card.

Birth Certificates/Death Certificates

  • Death Certificates requests need to be emailed or faxed. Staff will contact you when they are ready with instructions for pickup.
  • Birth Certificates: please call the office for instructions.
  • If the request is non-urgent, please mail in forms and payment and staff will mail the certificate to you.
  • If the request is urgent or time sensitive, please print form at home, fill out the form and drop it off in our dropbox along with a check or cash in an envelope. Staff will call you and let you know when the certificate is available to be picked up.


  • We will only be offering TDAP on an emergent case by case basis. Please call ahead and request a consultation with a nurse.