June 30, 2020 3:30 a.m.

Oregon hospitals are in support of a statewide face covering requirement.

A release from the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems was issued Monday.

President and CEO Becky Hultberg said the organization “stands in support of Governor Kate Brown’s statewide public face covering requirement”. She said “we know that when we all make the choice to wear a face covering in public, we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19”. The release said with the cases on the rise rapidly across the state, “it is now more important than ever to take this step to protect our loved ones, our neighbors, and our communities”.

The release said if residents are to coexist alongside the disease, wide adoption of public face coverings is an essential factor “in keeping our businesses and public spaces open”.

The statement concluded by saying, “OAHHS urges all Oregonians to wear a face covering in public, and to help reinforce this critical message by talking to your friends and family about the importance of wearing a face covering in public”.