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Oregon Extends Workplace Face Mask Rule

Oregon health officials have extended a rule requiring face masks and social distancing in the workplace as the state deals with a high number of COVID infections and hospitalizations.

5/6/2021 8:00:00 PM
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Oregon health officials have extended a rule requiring face masks and social distancing in the workplace as the state deals with a high number of COVID infections and hospitalizations.

Oregon health officials have extended a rule requiring face masks and social distancing in the workplace as the state deals with a high number of COVID infections and hospitalizations.

May 6, 2021 -- As the state deals with a high number of COVID infections and hospitalizations, Oregon health officials have extended a rule requiring face masks and social distancing in the workplace.The new regulation replaces a temporary one and will be in place until it’s “no longer needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the workplace,” said a news release from the Oregon Department of Occupational Safety and Health.

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The lack of an end date angered many Oregonians. The Associated Press reported that the department received more than 5,000 comments to the proposal and that 70,000 people signed a petition opposing the regulation.Under the rule, employers must make sure employees wear masks inside and wear them outside if they must be within 6 feet of people.

The Oregon Health Authority said on Monday that the 7-day average of daily new cases was 800 and that the positivity rate was 6.2%. In addition, 342 people were hospitalized. The AP said Oregon had the fastest growth infection rate in the nation last week. headtopics.com

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday said she would relax restrictions in 15 counties that were required to shut down indoor dining and reduced capacity in gyms and other indoor spaces. The change is effective Friday.Brown put the restrictions in place because of the high infection rate and number of hospitalized COVID patients. She said those counties moved from the extreme risk to the high-risk category when the statewide 7-day average increase for hospitalized COVID positive patients dropped below 15%.

Meanwhile, Oregon’s neighbor to the north paused its reopening schedule.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said data shows the state’s fourth wave of infections has “hit a plateau.”“We are at the intersection of progress and failure, and we cannot veer from the path of progress,” Inslee said in a news release. “Our economy is beginning to show early signs of growth thanks to some of our great legislative victories and we know vaccines are the ticket to further reopening — if we adhere to public health until enough people are vaccinated.”

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