State, federal and local officials recommend masks indoors as Covid cases climb

Federal, state and local officials are urging people to get vaccinated as new cases of Covid rise across the nation. (The Enterprise/Liliana Frankel).

ONTARIO – Federal, state and local health officials are now recommending universal mask use in public indoor areas as cases of the highly infections Delta variant of Covid continue to rise regionally and across the nation.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday recommended that all Americans – whether vaccinated or not – don a mask indoors in public if in an area where new Covid cases are surging.

The CDC recommendation is not a mandate, but guidance.  However, Oregon and Malheur County quickly followed suit with similar advice Tuesday.

The Oregon Health Agency said it moved to follow the CDC because of a “large jump in cases and hospitalizations and . . .