SALEM, Ore. – In the wake of rising cases, the Oregon Health Authority is now recommending all residents statewide wear face masks in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status.
There’s been a large jump in cases and hospitalizations, and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls for changes to mask requirements to help prevent the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.
On Tuesday, the state reported more than 1,000 new confirmed and presumptive cases, the most cases in a day for the past several months.
“The highly contagious Delta variant has increased tenfold in the past two weeks in Oregon, and it is now estimated to be associated with 80% of the new cases in Oregon,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state epidemiologist and state health officer. “The use of face masks provides significant protection for individuals who are unvaccinated as well as an additional level protection from a small but known risk of infection by the virus for persons who have already been vaccinated.”
People who are vaccinated are protected from COVID-19, including the Delta variant, health officials say.