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Governor Brown expands mask requirements for children, gyms; lowers indoor gathering sizes

Governor Kate Brown and officials from the Oregon Health Authority held a press briefing on Wednesday to discuss updates on the state's response to coronavirus.

Posted: Jul 22, 2020 11:17 AM
Updated: Jul 22, 2020 12:38 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown and officials from the Oregon Health Authority held a press briefing on Wednesday morning to discuss updates on the state's response to coronavirus, including changes for businesses and new face covering requirements for children.

"The COVID-19 virus is continuing to spread too quickly across Oregon," Brown said. "So it's time for further actions to stop the spread of this disease."


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Effective Friday statewide, Brown said that face covering requirements — which now cover both indoor and outdoor public spaces — will be expanded to include children age 5 and older. Face coverings are still recommended for kids ages 2 through 5 under Oregon's guidance.

"If your child is 5 or older, you will need to help them wear a face covering to protect themselves and others," Brown said.

Face covering exceptions for indoor exercise will also be removed, meaning that people working out in gyms or fitness centers will have to wear masks even while exercising.

Gathering size will be limited to 100 in all indoor venues — including churches, gyms, and movie theaters. The outdoor gathering limit of 250 will remain unchanged, Brown said. Bars and restaurants will also be required to stop serving customers at 10 p.m. statewide.

All of these changes go into effect on July 24.

The new mask requirements for children mean changes for how schools operate when classes resume in the fall.

ODE's existing guidance requires protective equipment for most staff and encourages face coverings for students from 6th to 12th grade, it does not require students to wear masks — stating that "students who choose not to wear face coverings must be provided access to instruction." That guidance is now set to be updated with the new mask requirements.

Most southern Oregon school districts have indicated that they will provide a combination of full in-person learning, particularly for younger students, and a hybridized model for students to learn both at home and in classrooms. However, plans are likely to change depending on conditions as the school year draws closer.

Brown said that she also anticipates updates to Oregon's county "watch list," which includes a handful of Oregon counties that have seen alarming levels of "sporadic," or community spread cases that cannot be traced to a source.

"Several counties on the watch list continue to experience very rapid spread of the disease, while others may be in a position to be taken off the list because they are seeing fewer sporadic cases, and fewer cases overall, than at the peak of their local outbreaks," Brown said. "Unfortunately, we may also need to add a few other counties to the watch list."

The Governor has indicated in previous statements that counties on the state watch list may be made to roll back reopening phases if the spread of COVID-19 is not curtailed.

A number of cases in Oregon have come from "tourism," Brown said, a matter that her office is discussing with leaders from other states. Travel may be restricted between Oregon and higher risk states, or travelers may be required to self-quarantine.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 348766

Reported Deaths: 4161
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah54797689
Washington37988313
Marion36055444
Clackamas29094304
Lane26966298
Jackson22632300
Deschutes19577123
Umatilla14241144
Linn12380120
Douglas11795240
Josephine9233195
Yamhill8517110
Klamath7709110
Polk715380
Malheur551574
Benton529130
Coos489691
Columbia371343
Jefferson361450
Union313146
Lincoln310638
Wasco281540
Crook274745
Clatsop239529
Baker198028
Tillamook193328
Hood River188337
Morrow181623
Curry178122
Harney108424
Grant97612
Lake89011
Wallowa67012
Gilliam1484
Sherman1463
Wheeler991
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4810682

Reported Deaths: 70604
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles147569426398
Riverside3693444990
San Diego3641044163
San Bernardino3563155566
Orange3227415518
Sacramento1576212279
Santa Clara1445181890
Kern1441461605
Fresno1441232051
Alameda1198871374
San Joaquin1018071708
Ventura1005241164
Contra Costa99234982
Stanislaus851571315
Tulare78945951
San Francisco54031645
San Mateo53828622
Monterey50696582
Solano45761334
Santa Barbara44836521
Merced41781577
Sonoma40711402
Placer38902415
Imperial35642764
Kings32369314
San Luis Obispo29653329
Madera23518281
Butte23364260
Shasta23360334
Santa Cruz20861218
Yolo20147247
Marin17581243
El Dorado16960149
Sutter13775169
Napa12808100
Yuba994282
Tehama9298104
Humboldt9102108
Nevada903990
Mendocino752786
Lassen746346
San Benito737372
Tuolumne673993
Lake6506104
Amador537264
Siskiyou442742
Glenn430330
Calaveras381780
Del Norte356141
Colusa301718
Inyo196739
Mono16445
Plumas15756
Mariposa127315
Trinity86011
Modoc6698
Unassigned1860
Sierra1760
Alpine1020
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