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Oregon expands face mask requirement

The Oregon Health Authority expanded its guidance on face coverings Monday, requiring people to now wear masks “in all private and public workplaces including classrooms, offices, meeting rooms and workspaces, unless someone is alone in an office or in a private workspace,” according to a news release from OHA.

Face coverings are also required in outdoor and indoor markets, street fairs, private career schools and public and private colleges and universities.

The state reported eight more deaths from the illness Monday, and it removed from the tally one previously reported COVID-19 death, a 73-year-old woman from Washington County.

“COVID-19 disease ... is no longer considered as a cause or as a significant condition that contributed to her death,” OHA said.

Oregon has now seen 627 deaths from the disease. OHA also reported 266 new cases statewide Monday, bringing the state total to 39,794 cases.

Jackson County reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the county total to 1,510 cases.

Josephine County Monday reported its third COVID-19 death, an 84-year-old man with underlying medical conditions who tested positive for the illness Oct. 12 and died Oct. 15 at Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass.

Josephine County reported four new cases Monday, bringing the county total to 256 cases. Health officials said they are “actively monitoring” 47 people, while 209 people are no longer considered infectious.