Mask mandates will be lifted in Oregon March 11

With declining COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations in Oregon, Gov. Brown has announced updated masking guidance. After 11:59 p.m. March 11, Oregon will adopt new mask policies and move from mask requirements to mask recommendations in schools.

Masks will still be required in Oregon health care settings and on public transportation.

The announcement came two years to the day after the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Oregon. Brown pointed out that we must be prepared for the next variant and remain vigilant in protecting our most vulnerable community members.

While Malheur County remains at high risk, due to community spread of the virus and low vaccination numbers, the Health Department encourages Malheur County residents to get vaccinated, stay home when you’re sick and stay six feet away from people who aren’t in your household.

At-home COVID-19 tests may be accessed at the Health Department. To help protect your family, visit the Health Department at 1108 SW 4th St. in Ontario and ask for at-home tests.

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