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Portland Daily Round Up: Indoor mask mandate ends Saturday, 2 Newberg SD staff members put on leave for TikTok video

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Friday, March 11 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Oregon's indoor mask mandate to end Saturday

Starting Saturday, Oregon’s mask mandate for indoor public spaces and schools will come to an end. This doesn’t impact federal requirements, which still includes masking on public transportation and some other settings.

Several Portland-area school districts have already announced they plan to make masking optional starting Monday, but Parkrose School District says they’ll keep masking in place until March 29.

According to new modeling from Oregon Health and Science University, there’s expected to only be 100 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Oregon by April 27. The Oregon Health Authority is expected to speak on the mask mandate lift today at 1 p.m. Watch the news conference here.

2. Two Newberg School District staff members put on leave following TikTok

The Newberg School District announced Thursday on Twitter that two district staff members have been placed on administrative leave due to a TikTok video.

“The district has been made aware of a TikTok video by staff members. As the first step of our investigative process, the staff members have been put on administrative leave,” Newberg Schools tweeted.

The school district has not released any further details about the TikTok in question or the names or positions of the staff members involved. However, the Yamhill Advocate is reporting that two middle school counselors posted a video of them flipping off the camera, with the gesture directed at certain parents.

The district has so far not confirmed any information regarding their investigation.

3. First low-barrier day shelter for women and children opens in northwest Portland

The Rose Haven day shelter, the only low-barrier day shelter for women and children in the city, opened its doors in northwest Portland on Tuesday. According to Rose Haven Development Director Liz Starke, “low barrier” means sobriety or proof of identification is not required to stay at the shelter.

“Sobriety shouldn’t be a requirement. If someone has just been traumatized and they want to go by Jane Doe, let them. Maybe they don’t feel comfortable showing their ID. You have no idea what people have been through, so I really think that low-barrier model will open doors and is such an important part of making programs successful,” Starke told KATU.

Starke said the shelter expects to help nearly 4,000 women and children this year. Rose Haven is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Starke said they hope to expand those hours soon.

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