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Gov. Brown says counties need to act to slow Covid

Gov. Kate Brown in her Portland office (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

SALEM - Gov. Kate Brown announced a statewide mask mandate last week to respond to rapidly rising Covid cases statewide, and gave a clear message to the counties: they did not do enough.

Malheur County representatives disagree.

The statewide mandate for wearing masks in indoor public places came after projections from the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Health and Science University said that without the measures, the state by September would need 500 hospital beds more than it has.

Masks help block the release and inhalation of droplets and particles into the environment and greatly reduce the spread of Covid . . .