Dear OSU Community Members,

I hope you are all looking forward to a restful holiday and weekend.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has announced face coverings are no longer required in public outdoor settings. However, face coverings continue to be required indoors per Oregon Administrative Rule 333-019-1025. OHA’s Public Health Recommendation has been updated accordingly, as has OSU’s Face Covering Guidance and Public Health Policy.  This is welcome news, as this statewide decision is in response to a much-needed reduction of case rates and hospitalizations.

While OSU’s Face Covering Guidance and Public Health Policy align with OHA’s statewide guidance and the Oregon Administrative Rule, please be aware that OSU students and employees must continue to comply with local requirements. These include the Benton County Board of Commissioners Order issued on Aug. 11, 2021, requiring all individuals age five and above, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when in indoor public settings and in outdoor public settings where a physical distance of six feet cannot be maintained.  This local requirement includes athletic events hosted by OSU in Corvallis.

Students and employees are encouraged to visit their respective county public health websites to stay informed on changing requirements that apply to their area.

I will continue to provide updates on any changes in state and local public health requirements and how they might impact OSU policy and operations. 

I wish you a happy, safe and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.

Dan Larson
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
OSU Coronavirus Response Coordinator

November 24, 2021