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Coronavirus Watch: Oregon's statewide indoor mask mandate now in effect

Governor Kate Brown held a press conference on Wednesday to detail the rollout of a renewed statewide indoor mask mandate.

Posted: Aug 13, 2021 9:58 AM
Updated: Aug 13, 2021 5:54 PM

SALEM, Ore. — A renewed statewide mask mandate is now in effect across Oregon, coinciding with a surge of new cases and hospitalizatons attributed to the virulent Delta variant of COVID-19.

The Governor's office previewed the return of a mask mandate and a vaccination requirement for Oregon executive branch employees on Tuesday, with Governor Kate Brown holding a press conference on Wednesday to detail when the requirements would begin.

In the press conference, Brown cited the unbridled spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Oregon, which contributed to the highest daily count of new cases in the state on Thursday, with 2,387. Hospitalizations are also at a record high, with staffed intensive care roughly 90 percent full. Some hospital regions have only a handful of ICU beds available as of Thursday morning.

“The latest science is clear that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are able to spread the Delta variant," Brown said. "Masks are simple, and they are effective. Wearing a mask should give you confidence that you are not infecting others, and they are also our best bet at keeping our schools and our businesses open.”


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Until this week, Brown had repeatedly said that she would leave the bulk of COVID-19 responses to local elected leaders and public health officials. On Wednesday she indicated that, with Delta spreading uncontrollably and hospitals filling up, most county-level elected officials had abdicated their responsibility by refusing to implement countermeasures locally.

"We have had multiple conversations with local elected officials — I know that hospital CEOs and local public health authorities have spoken with local elected officials . . . I am obviously aware that the Oregon Health Authority has spoken with local elected officials as well," Governor Brown said. "What is clear is that they are not taking action — that is why I'm moving forward."

The requirement applies to adults and children older than 5. On public transit, it also includes children older than 2. It applies broadly to people in all indoor public spaces, and masks are strongly encouraged in crowded outdoor situations.

There are exceptions for some activities where wearing a mask would be "impractical or impossible," including for eating and drinking, swimming and competitive sports, and performances involving singing or speaking in public. In circumstances like these, the Oregon Health Authority strongly recommended that participants be fully vaccinated.

Officials said that Oregon OSHA will again have a role in enforcing the rules for employers and employees, leading with an "education-first approach." OSHA pledged to work with employers making an effort to comply, and said in won't conduct inspections or issue fines immediately as businesses work to implement the masking protocols and put up the necessary signage.

"The emphasis of indoor mask requirement is on personal responsibility –– we are asking Oregonians to make a commitment to protect those around you by wearing a mask. We are also asking Oregonians to be kind and considerate of others and to treat store employees and others with respect: they are asking you to wear a mask to save lives," Brown's office said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 391099

Reported Deaths: 5161
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah60298839
Washington41981395
Marion39886506
Clackamas32773378
Lane30113355
Jackson24880360
Deschutes23557185
Umatilla15126180
Linn14637179
Douglas13375291
Josephine10148244
Yamhill9762143
Klamath9053146
Polk8212100
Benton609738
Malheur592487
Coos5664106
Columbia430455
Jefferson420266
Lincoln362152
Union338755
Crook334056
Wasco316146
Clatsop261835
Baker219833
Tillamook216645
Hood River213737
Morrow197525
Curry191939
Harney119933
Grant108515
Lake105416
Wallowa75713
Sherman1913
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5083462

Reported Deaths: 74473
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152713227166
San Diego4069274335
Riverside3876785358
San Bernardino3745435962
Orange3343985725
Sacramento1683542443
Kern1576621804
Fresno1567952254
Santa Clara1520891925
Alameda1251761504
San Joaquin1075591834
Ventura1040031190
Contra Costa1037721046
Stanislaus915481417
Tulare860871096
San Francisco56909669
San Mateo56320629
Monterey52488626
Solano47671357
Santa Barbara47293549
Merced45053667
Sonoma43168412
Placer42141470
Imperial38477773
Kings35206363
San Luis Obispo31476359
Madera26194311
Shasta26081451
Butte25455314
Santa Cruz22248224
Yolo21558257
Marin18465249
El Dorado18301166
Sutter14571186
Napa13420104
Yuba1076089
Tehama10275130
Humboldt10158119
Nevada10019105
Mendocino857197
Lassen796756
San Benito781578
Tuolumne773090
Lake7043110
Amador577366
Siskiyou474755
Glenn457436
Calaveras441588
Del Norte375542
Colusa325220
Inyo256646
Plumas19367
Mono18784
Mariposa160018
Trinity99717
Modoc7655
Unassigned3220
Sierra2180
Alpine1080
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