With the delta variant surging in the state, public health officials are urging the public to resume mask use and get vaccinated.
State government employees and visitors inside state agencies must mask up when indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Delta has kept some of the most successful mutations found in earlier variants, but also contains new genetic changes that enable it to spread twice as fast.
Some Oregon schools are now requiring masks this fall, and the CDC is recommending that people in most parts of the country wear face coverings indoors in public places.
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Leaders recommend masking but they’re not inclined to adopt restrictions to prevent COVID-19 infections: They say quiet persuasion works best.
The recommendation, which applies to everyone regardless of vaccination status, follows a sharp increase in cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks.
Firefighters were among the first to get access to the vaccines during the national rollout earlier in the year, but they are not required to be vaccinated for their job.
State health officials called on local public health officials in areas with low rates to work with businesses and others to encourage inoculation.
Smoke and heat in the West are driving people to seek refuge at libraries, movie theaters, museums and other indoor venues.