Oregon and Washington lifted statewide indoor mask mandates at midnight Friday, meaning sports fans across Portland were able to go to games Saturday night without face masks for the first time in two years.
The CDC announced that hospitalization rates among children for COVID-19 across the nation are at its highest point than at any other time in the pandemic. Dr. Carl Eriksson, of OHSU, said that the same is true for Oregon.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that starting late next week, elective surgeries can resume in the state and a mask mandate for large outdoor events will be lifted, but said the indoor mask mandate will remain in place for now.
The University of Oregon and Oregon State University have returned to in-person learning after the holiday break, but some students at the University of Oregon are pushing for a return to remote learning because of the Omicron surge.
Oregon hospitals have new interim guidelines to help them determine which patients should get lifesaving care if the current COVID-19 surge forces them to choose between people because of a lack of beds, staff or critical medical equipment.