North Central Public Health District Officer Dr. Mimi McDonell recommended that Wasco County opt-in to Governor Kate Brown’s face covering order currently in effect in seven counties. McDonell told Wasco County Commissioners on Wednesday that numerous studies are now showing that populations where at least 50 percent of people are wearing masks in public settings are able to significantly reduce transmission of COVID-19. She added that it doesn’t appear Wasco County is getting that rate of face covering use, and if the County is going to be realistic about reducing transmission she recommends opting-in to the state guidance. McDonell said Wasco County’s total of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic is now at 56, an increase of four from Tuesday’s numbers. County Commissioners will consider her recommendation at a meeting next Wednesday.