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Mask up, Malheur County, starting Friday for indoor public places

Gov. Kate Brown at a news conference in Portland on Thursday, March 12. (Jonathan House/Pamplin Media)

The state is directing people in Malheur County and elsewhere in Oregon to wear masks when going into public places starting Friday, Aug. 13, in an effort to thwart a rapidly-spreading coronavirus variant.

The order likely won’t be popular locally with some residents and educators already bristling at the announcement last . . .