Wearing a mask to protect others

To read this story in Spanish, click here. People wear masks for lots of reasons. When we asked newsletter readers to share their thoughts on masking, we received nearly 4,000 responses. Some expressed concern the mandate was lifted, and others were excited to remove their masks. One theme that emerged was that many people continue […]

Navigating the safety of day-to-day activities in a COVID-19 world

COVID-19 is still present in Oregon, but we now have multiple tools to fight infection and slow the spread. We have widely accessible and highly effective vaccines, proven interventions like masking and distancing, and treatments that are becoming more available every day. With Oregon’s mask requirements lifting on March 12 in most public indoor spaces […]

Mask mandate stays in place for Oregon health care settings

Update (2/28/2022): Oregon’s mask mandates for schools and most indoor public settings will be lifted on March 12. No matter when Oregon’s indoor mask requirement is lifted, there are several places across the state where masks will still be required — health care settings. As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations trend downward, health care settings continue […]

Why snug, multi-layered masks are more effective

The best protection we have against COVID-19 continues to be vaccines plus booster shots. Early data from South Africa and the United Kingdom indicates a booster shot provides 75% effectiveness against infection with the Omicron variant. But we can’t relax our behavior when it comes to masking. COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out […]