Masks required in K-12
July 29, 2021: The state of Oregon is mandating that students and staff in K-12 schools wear masks indoors this fall to limit spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant. Read Governor Brown's press release.
Mask-wearing in light of new CDC and OHA guidance
July 27, 2021: COVID-19 cases are rising in Washington County because unvaccinated people — who are not protected from the more contagious Delta variant — are becoming infected at higher rates. Virtually all deaths and hospitalizations in the U.S. are among unvaccinated people. The best protection against the virus is vaccination, so we urge everyone who has not yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. Infections do occur infrequently in fully vaccinated people, but they tend to be mild.
The CDC and OHA are recommending that everyone wear a mask in indoor public spaces — this is to protect children and others who have not yet received a vaccination and to prevent further spread of the virus. We agree with this guidance and recommend that everyone in Washington County wear masks in indoor public spaces and get vaccinated to prevent further spread, more hospitalizations and deaths.