Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced Monday that residents in the state will be required to wear facial coverings in indoor public spaces in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The mandate, which will take effect on Wednesday, July 1, will apply to businesses and members of the public who use indoor public spaces. Eight counties in the state were already placed under the same mandate last week.
“From the beginning of the reopening process, I have said that reopening comes with the risk of seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases beyond our health systems’ capacity to test, trace, and isolate them,” Brown said.
Brown also noted the “alarming” spread and rise in the number of cases in “both urban and rural counties.”
“Modeling from the Oregon Health Authority shows that if we don’t take further action to reduce the spread of the disease, our hospitals could be