COVID-19 transmission is low enough for mask requirements to be lifted safely, without jeopardizing hospital capacity or in-person classroom learning.
OHA has no current plans to lift mask requirements in healthcare settings. Health care settings are any place where physical, dental, or behavioral health care is delivered. This includes primary care clinics, school health rooms and counselor offices, massage and chiropractic offices and WIC clinics.
Health experts strongly recommend people at high risk of severe disease and hospitalization continue to wear masks in indoor public settings, including people:
- Who are unvaccinated
- With compromised immune systems
- With underlying health conditions
- Are 65 and older
- Living with others at high risk of severe disease
The best way to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.
Mask Dos and Don'ts
You still need to wear a mask after being diagnosed with COVID-19, during days 6–10.
To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, wear a mask with the best fit, protection, and comfort for you.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidelines that rank the different levels of protection offered by various types of face coverings.
- Loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection
- Layered finely woven products offer more protection
- Well-fitted N95 and KN95 respirators offer the highest level of protection