CORONAVIRUS, Government, Oregon

Oregon, California, Washington will lift most mask mandates on March 12

In a surprise move, Gov. Kate Brown said Monday that Oregon, Washington and California will jointly lift their indoor mask mandate on March 12.

Masks will no longer be required in schools but state officials will recommend they still be used, according to a news release.

The joint announcement reflects declining cases and hospitalizations across the West. It also reflects the movement of the virus. It is blind to borders. The first case in the U.S. was identified on Jan. 21, 2020 – in Washington state. Less than a month later – on Feb. 19 – a man in Washington County tested positive for the virus.

“Covid-19 does not stop at state borders or county lines,” Brown said in a statement. “On the West Coast, our communities and economies are linked. Together, as we continue to recover from the omicron surge, we will build resiliency and prepare for the next variant . . .

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