Multnomah County urges everyone to wear masks indoors | Oregon News

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Multnomah County health officials in Portland, Ore., are asking people to wear masks indoors until new COVID-19 numbers and hospitalizations begin to decline .

Health worker Dr Jennifer Vines said it was not a mandate but a request that everyone put their masks back on for a few weeks as they go to the school, work and other indoor events, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Authorities are strongly recommending that people wear masks in schools.

County officials have not set a case or hospitalization threshold for when they would consider mandating masks, a health department spokesperson said.

Multnomah County is averaging about 350 new cases a day, down from less than 100 in early April.

The current wave of COVID-19 is expected to peak in about a month, according to forecasts from Oregon Health & Science University.

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Neighboring Clackamas and Washington counties have not recommended universal indoor masking. Both are also in the “medium” COVID-19 risk category and have seen the same or higher case rates over the past week than Multnomah County.

Multnomah County officials also suggested people at high risk for severe COVID-19 consider avoiding crowded indoor environments for the next few weeks.

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