Coronavirus cases appear to flatten, with demand for hospital beds rising

Stickers are ready for people entering Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario in May 2021. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Within the next few weeks, the Oregon Health Authority expects to file permanent mask and vaccine rules that affect the public, health care workers and students and staff in schools.

Despite a barrage of opposition to the rules, Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state epidemiologist, said now was not the time to rescind them.

“We are simply not yet at a point where we can consider relaxing these crucial protections,” Sidelinger . . .