Mask mandate stays despite COVID-19 decline

Despite a drop in COVID-19 cases, the Oregon Health Authority has not changed the date when masks are no longer required indoors.

Oregon could fall below 400 patients with COVID-19 in state hospitals within days, but Gov. Kate Brown has not announced a change to the March 12 date for lifting indoor mask requirements.

The Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday, March 3, that 404 people with COVID-19 were in hospitals in the state.