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Some Oregon hospitals still undecided about lifting mask mandate

Medical personnel standing along a patient in a surgery room.
Kristyna Wentz-Graff
The Oregon Health Authority announced that the requirement for doctors, nurses and other workers to wear masks in healthcare settings will end on April 3rd.

The Oregon Health Authority said this month that the requirement to wear masks in healthcare settings will end on April 3. But it doesn't mean area health care providers will immediately lift their own mask requirements on that date.

  • PeaceHealth, which operates six locations in Oregon, has not made a formal decision on how its hospital system will move. In a statement, officials said they are “evaluating the announcements from (the Oregon Health Authority)."
  • At Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, spokesperson Sarah Baumgartner said the hospital is “working through” potential changes in its policies. She said hospital caregivers and workers are “cautiously optimistic” to see an end to the mask mandate and added that the final decision comes from its owner, Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health.
  • The current status of Salem Health is also one of careful assessment. In a statement, officials said their Infection Prevention team is reviewing OSHA guidelines which must remain in place once the Oregon Health Authority mandate lifts on April 3.
Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked in a variety of media including television, technical writing, photography and daily print news before moving to the Pacific Northwest.