Dear OSU Community Members,
OHA announced today that changes in how we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic are on the horizon.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced it will lift indoor mask requirements on March 19, 2022, citing significant declines in hospitalizations with the virus, and new infections declining in recent weeks by more than 80%.
As OSU has done throughout the pandemic, we plan to remain aligned with OHA and guidance provided by local public health authorities. Therefore, we anticipate the latest date that the university will require masks to be worn indoors will be March 19, pending the lifting of county-level masking mandates across Oregon.
We understand that for some this will be a challenging and concerning change. Our goal is to continue making decisions guided by expert advice, while ensuring vulnerable members of our community have the tools they need to increase their level of protection.
For more information on the principles and rationale guiding the university’s public health approach going forward, please visit the Safety & Success website, which includes updated FAQs. OSU will host an online informational session with public health authorities and infectious disease experts to provide guidance and answer questions in the coming days. An announcement on date and time will be provided through OSU Today and other forums.
OSU will promote wellness and contribute to safety by:
What you can do to support your personal health and the wellness of others:
The discontinuance of the statewide indoor mask mandate marks a long-awaited positive turn in the fight against COVID-19, but this transition will require the best of our community as we enter a new stage of pandemic response. Equity is central to public health, and we must continue to support those who are most at risk and vulnerable through our policies and actions, and by demonstrating compassion and empathy for each other.
As always, please reach out if I can answer questions.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
OSU Coronavirus Response Coordinator