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Gov. Brown: Oregon will follow new CDC guidance on masks for fully vaccinated people

The CDC released updated guidance on Thursday morning, easing mask and physical distancing requirements for fully vaccinated people in most outdoor and indoor settings.

Posted: May 13, 2021 5:01 PM
Updated: May 13, 2021 5:50 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon will adopt newly-loosened CDC guidance on mask and physical distancing requirements for fully vaccinated people, Governor Kate Brown said in a video statement on Thursday afternoon.

"Starting today, Oregon will be following this guidance, which only applies to fully-vaccinated individuals," Brown said. "That means Oregonians who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or social distance in most public spaces."

Brown highlighted the exceptions outlined by the CDC. Even vaccinated individuals are asked to continue wearing masks and observing physical distancing on public transportation, in hospitals and clinics, in correctional facilities, and in long-term care facilities. Oregon will keep requirements in place for those settings, the Governor said.

"Immuno-compromised people should continue to follow the recommendations of their health care provider when it comes to personal protective measures," Brown continued. "Nothing is changing for schools this school year, and I expect education staff and students to continue to wear masks and physically distance, as outline in our Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance."

Brown indicated that the Oregon Health Authority would be issuing updated guidance for businesses and employers about how to lift masking and distancing requirements "after verifying vaccination status." Businesses that prefer to avoid the change can continue operating with current precautions in place.

"Oregonians now have a choice of how to protect themselves and others from COVID-19; either get vaccinated, or continue wearing a mask and following physical distancing requirements," Brown said.

The Governor's announcement came shortly after Oregon Senate Republicans urged state officials to embrace the CDC guidance. However, it remains unclear whether the change will immediately overturn or amend OSHA's permanent rule for COVID-19 requirements in the workplace, adopted in the beginning of May, or if the rule will remain in place until restrictions are lifted for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

“At nearly every turn, Oregon has moved the slowest to follow the science. On reopening our schools, our economy, and now masks. The science is clear that vaccinated people do not spread the virus and do not need masks. The Governor should immediately direct OSHA to update their permanent mask mandate to come in line with this guidance,” said Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod.

On Wednesday evening, the scientific advisory group organized by West Coast states confirmed approval of the Pfizer vaccine for youth ages 12 to 15. As of Thursday, that vaccine is now available for people 12 and older in Oregon, though the other two vaccines remain for people 18 and older only.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 361240

Reported Deaths: 4318
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah56287712
Washington39109325
Marion37168457
Clackamas30096309
Lane28087306
Jackson23248310
Deschutes20680125
Umatilla14567151
Linn13113132
Douglas12237251
Josephine9451198
Yamhill8820114
Klamath8146122
Polk746481
Malheur568578
Benton559831
Coos510295
Columbia388144
Jefferson381254
Lincoln324139
Union321550
Crook296346
Wasco291941
Clatsop244828
Baker204529
Tillamook198033
Hood River195837
Morrow186623
Curry182725
Harney114727
Grant100213
Lake96012
Wallowa69312
Gilliam1594
Sherman1573
Wheeler1091
Unassigned00

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Cases: 4854041

Reported Deaths: 71417
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles148510526549
Riverside3716705041
San Diego3678574183
San Bernardino3586775720
Orange3251235578
Sacramento1596362313
Kern1472941652
Fresno1463182094
Santa Clara1455431897
Alameda1206921415
San Joaquin1027761721
Ventura1010381167
Contra Costa1000181008
Stanislaus862991335
Tulare80375978
San Francisco54440649
San Mateo54168623
Monterey50911586
Solano46063341
Santa Barbara45223523
Merced42422581
Sonoma40997404
Placer39435429
Imperial36071766
Kings32938325
San Luis Obispo29973333
Madera23955285
Shasta23924352
Butte23818273
Santa Cruz21034221
Yolo20397248
Marin17706244
El Dorado17207149
Sutter13937175
Napa12898100
Yuba1011582
Tehama9534110
Humboldt9269109
Nevada916790
Mendocino766787
Lassen758747
San Benito744972
Tuolumne691790
Lake6631105
Amador547364
Siskiyou451246
Glenn438433
Calaveras391481
Del Norte358742
Colusa307618
Inyo214241
Mono16723
Plumas16607
Mariposa133916
Trinity88011
Modoc6895
Sierra1880
Unassigned1460
Alpine1050
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