A move not exactly supported by science.
Oregon is reporting 30 COVID-19 related deaths, 2,804 new cases, and a record 1,000 hospitalizations. In response to this spike in COVID cases, Democrat Governor Kate Brown is making masks mandatory outdoors.
“The delta variant is spreading fast and wide, throwing our state into a level of crisis we have not yet seen in the pandemic,” said Governor Brown.
Oregon has among the lowest number of hospital beds per capita in the country.
“Masks have proven to be effective at bringing case counts down, and are a necessary measure right now, even in some outdoor settings, to help fight Covid and protect one another,” added Brown.
Vaccinated or not, all Oregonians must wear masks outdoors in public spaces.
Meanwhile, a recent study has found that most cloth masks are only about 10% effective in preventing infection.