State lifts outdoor mask mandate; test-to-stay protocol rolling out to schools

Here's what you need to know about the current state of the pandemic.

Posted: Nov 23, 2021 11:40 AM
Updated: Nov 24, 2021 1:44 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- State officials updated Oregonians Tuesday on the current COVID-19 situation and announced some big changes headed our way.

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen shared that masks are no longer required in outdoor crowded spaces, effective immediately. However, anyone who would like to continue masking in these situations should continue to do so.

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About 80% of Oregonians have received at least a single dose of a vaccine, and while cases and hospitalizations related to the virus continue, Oregon has the fourth lowest case count in the country and is the sixth lowest when it comes to deaths. 

Allen was joined by Colt Gill, director of the Oregon Department of Education, who announced that they are introducing the test-to-stay protocol this week. This means after an exposure, most students will be able to stay in school if they take a COVID-19 test and it comes back negative. Vaccinated individuals are already not required to quarantine after an exposure.

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Gill encouraged school districts to work toward making the test-to-stay protocol available to their students. 

Watch the full briefing from state officials here.

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