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Oregon official proposes face mask order until 'no longer necessary'

Added 04-21-21 07:23:02pm EST - “A top Oregon workforce official is proposing to keep a face mask requirement in perpetuity.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Oregon official proposes face mask order until 'no longer necessary'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Michael Wood, the state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration head, proposed the idea last week during a public hearing on the matter. It would keep face masks the law until they are "no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace."

Wood's proposal touches on fears related to a host of international COVID-19 variants from South Africa to the United Kingdom thought to be more infectious than the original strain of the virus. In Oregon, less than 1% of people fully vaccinated against the disease have contracted it. The Oregon Health Authority found that none had a COVID-19 variant.

Wood has assured the public that the face mask order could be repealed when case rates show it is no longer needed.

"It will be a complicated assessment when we do it," Wood said. "I would say it is impossibly complicated to do in advance."

OSHA rules carry the same weight as law. They're written in cooperation with federal agencies and stakeholders in line with current federal regulations.

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