CORONAVIRUS, Health, Oregon

Gov. Brown issues statewide mandatory mask order

A face mask. File photo: Chas Hundley

OREGON - Beginning Wednesday, July 1, everyone in Oregon will be required to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces. 

Previously, a mandatory face covering rule had been issued for eight counties — including Washington County — as the state grappled with days of record-breaking numbers of positive COVID-19 test results.

“From the beginning of the reopening process, I have said that reopening comes with the risk of seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases beyond our health systems’ capacity to test, trace, and isolate them,” said Governor Kate Brown in a press release issued on Monday afternoon. “Over the last month, we have seen the disease spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties. The upcoming July 4th holiday weekend is a critical point for Oregon in this pandemic . . .

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