Lane County Public Health announced that due to sustained community transmission and a strained medical system, all community members in Lane County should mask up in indoor spaces. This recommendation follows Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control guidelines and is especially timely as thousands of visitors are in Lane County over the next several weeks for a variety of events, including the World Athletics Championships. “Quite frankly, we as a community are vulnerable,” said Senior Public Health Officer, D r. Patrick Luedtke. “Our medical system is currently strained, we have a significant influx of people, and we have high Covid case rates. The time to act is now in order to ensure everyone in Lane County who needs emergency care is able to receive it.” This recommendation is being made as a recommendation and is not a mandate.