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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: 206777

Reported Deaths: 2754
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah40354614
Washington26781248
Marion23425323
Clackamas18925235
Lane13896164
Jackson11535146
Deschutes1001582
Umatilla859387
Linn560380
Yamhill477879
Klamath477678
Polk399356
Douglas387982
Malheur361463
Josephine359872
Benton326422
Jefferson236839
Coos216637
Columbia191929
Union149824
Wasco144330
Lincoln143021
Crook129223
Hood River121933
Morrow115316
Clatsop10559
Baker101115
Curry70811
Tillamook6604
Grant5507
Lake4678
Harney4339
Wallowa1945
Gilliam801
Sherman671
Wheeler351
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3808258

Reported Deaths: 63335
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles124761824454
Riverside3016034627
San Bernardino2992894844
San Diego2817493771
Orange2729225112
Santa Clara1201102188
Kern1107821404
Sacramento1076381731
Fresno1029221724
Alameda895921273
Ventura816381031
San Joaquin746861438
Contra Costa70561813
Stanislaus633871069
Tulare49814849
Monterey43831427
San Mateo42646581
San Francisco37256556
Santa Barbara34596455
Solano33707266
Merced32291478
Sonoma30868317
Imperial28813741
Placer23537299
Kings23189247
San Luis Obispo21421261
Madera16632245
Santa Cruz16235208
Marin14200230
Yolo14156212
Butte12659194
Shasta12630233
El Dorado10371116
Napa1002580
Sutter9656113
Yuba648551
San Benito610963
Lassen578424
Tehama573163
Nevada491075
Humboldt446348
Mendocino432150
Tuolumne420771
Amador373947
Lake356345
Glenn243427
Siskiyou239437
Colusa228418
Calaveras220156
Del Norte14568
Inyo143438
Mono12954
Plumas7366
Modoc5585
Mariposa4657
Trinity4225
Sierra1150
Alpine890
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