Forest Grove recommends masks indoors
The city of Forest Grove is following OHA recommendations that masks be worn in all indoor public settings.
In response to a sharp rise in Oregon COVID cases, the Oregon Health Authority is recommending that everyone — including vaccinated individuals — wear masks in all indoor public settings. The city cited rising COVID cases in Washington County causing concern for residents and visitors as further need for action.
The state of Oregon reported 1,076 new cases July 29, marking the third time this week that the state has exceeded 1,000 new cases.
A July 30 OHA report found that in the week ending July 14, every person with COVID-19 infected, on average, 1.58 others. If that rate holds, Oregon could see 1,170 new cases a day during the two-week period ending Aug. 17, doubling the current seven-day average, and 95 new hospitalizations a day.
The city is following the OHA's guidance beginning Monday, Aug. 2, and additionally stated on their website that — at this point — the guidance from the OHA is a recommendation, and therefore, an individual choice.
The city will continue to monitor the issue and will provide updates as needed.
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