December 8, 2022

Governor Kate Brown says Oregon will resume statewide indoor mask order

Gov. Kate Brown announced on Tuesday that Oregonians should start wearing masks in all indoor public places regardless of the Covit-19 vaccine status — which comes from out of control of the epidemic cycle and New predictions Admission to Govt-19 Hospital by September is almost double from today’s registration numbers.

Brown did not specify a date for the order to go into effect, but he is expected to share more details during a news conference on Wednesday.

Brown announced Tuesday that, starting Oct. 18, all state employees on the board will be required – except for the state legislature and the Judiciary branch – to prove full vaccine status, except for religious or medical reasons.

The governor’s announcement came the same day Oregon set a new record Of those admitted to the hospital with Govit-19, 635, including 164 in the intensive care unit. Total hospital admissions rose to 60 overnight and easily broke the record of 584 since November.

Despite growing criticism from some, the governor has opposed the repeal of the statewide mask order for the past month, saying he would leave the decision to local leaders in Oregon’s 36 districts and hope they would take the necessary Govt-19 precautionary measures. To their individual communities.

But only one district – Maltnoma – Announced Mask command from Friday. In the absence of action across Brown and Oregon, the delta variability caught on, with seven-day new known infections increasing eight-fold and the number of patients admitted to the hospital increasing six-fold in the past month.

On Wednesday, Brown said he could not wait any longer – masks are not very popular among many cowardly residents.

“Oregon is facing hospitalization of COVID-19 — which includes unvaccinated individuals — which quickly transcends the dark days of our winter uprising,” Brown said in a written statement Wednesday. “When our hospitals are overcrowded, there will be no room for extra patients to be cared for — Govt-19, heart attack or stroke, car collision or various emergencies. If there were no staff beds in our hospitals, all Oregonians would be at risk.

Brown continued: “One and a half years after the epidemic, I know Oregonians are tired of health and safety restrictions. The need for this new mask will not last forever, but it is a life-saving measure right now.

Although a small but large number of U.S. cities or districts have recently announced global masking orders, such requirements are still rare in states. The governor said Oregon will join Louisiana and Nevada, which established a statewide masked regime last week, to cover residents in high-transmission districts there.

On the other hand, almost 18 months after the infection the idea of ​​masks hurts some people. Last week at least nine states – Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas – had banned or limited masking orders The New York Times. Governor of ArkansasHowever, he recently said he regrets signing the anti-mask bill into law a few months ago because he wants school districts to have the option of requiring masks.

In Oregon, then Weeks of severe predictions Brown was finally induced to act after seeing it Even worse forecast Oregon University of Health & Science predicts 1,100 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in mid-September — unless significant action such as a mask command is resurrected. On June 30, Brown removed almost all corona virus controls, including mask requirements in almost all public places.

At the time, experts nationwide predicted that the highly contagious delta variant would soon make up most cases. Delta is responsible for almost 100% of cases today.

But on June 30, when nearly 70% of adults were partially vaccinated, the governor became embroiled in a plan to remove almost all COVID-19 restrictions. About 50% of Oregon’s population of all ages is fully vaccinated. It has risen slightly to about 55%. In order to eradicate the virus, many experts say that 85% or more of the population must be fully vaccinated or have strong protection against natural infections, which can be difficult to avoid because natural immunity varies greatly from person to person.

On Tuesday, Brown said he hoped the leaders of Oregon’s legislative and judicial branches needed them all. Staff should be vaccinated. But already, some government employees have pushed back the requirement for vaccinations imposed by the governor in the fall.

SEIU 503, one of the state’s largest public servants’ unions, announced that it would immediately fight the governor’s order and demanded the reopening of labor talks on the “implications of the vaccine order” to trigger a wide range of labor issues, including higher wages. For wider vaccination exemptions than the medical and religious reasons listed by some workers and the governor, in a press release. The union raised the cost of living by 5.6% on a two-year contract, and as a result of negotiations with another union, all state employees who have to work directly during epidemics will receive a one-time “coveted risk pay” $ 1,550.

But Brown said his plan for dual masks and vaccines is now much needed.

“There are two keys to saving lives,” Brown said. “Vaccination is the best way to protect you and your family from serious illness, hospitalization and death. And by wearing masks, we can help ensure that all of our loved ones – both vaccinated and unvaccinated – have a hospital bed hired by health professionals when needed.” If we do our part, we can beat Govt-19 once and for all and keep our economy open and nurture and send our kids back to the classroom in a few weeks with minimal hassle.

Reporters Ted Chickinger and Hillary Borut contributed to the story.

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