Friday, May 13, 2022

Multnomah County Advises Indoor Masking; Recommendation Stays in Place Until Cases Drop

Multnomah County health officials are strongly urging people to wear masks indoors as cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations rise. 

According to county health officials, the recommendation is not a mandate and will remain in place until cases and hospitalizations drop, though a specific threshold for lifting the guidance was not provided. 

“We are not asking employers, organizations, or event planners to do anything differently; this is a message for individuals, especially those who are at high risk of severe COVID,” said Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines in a public statement published May 11th.

The CDC upgraded Multnomah County from "low" to "medium" community-level spread last week as cases in the region continue to rise. The Portland Tribune notes daily cases in Oregon have returned to mid-December levels, which began to increase as the omicron variant spread. 

The Multnomah County website advising on precautions to take given the bump to medium community-level spread assures "we do not have plans for more mandates or closures right now," but advises community members resume indoor masking, small outdoor social gatherings, and open windows when possible.  

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