(Portland, OR) -- The Oregon Health Authority plans to lift indoor mask requirements no later than March 31st. Health scientists expect that about 400 or fewer Oregonians will be hospitalized with COVID-19, which is near the level of infections prior to the Omicron surge. Mask requirements for schools will be lifted on March 31st. State health officials say it's important to continue wearing masks now, as COVID-19 hospitalizations are cresting. The OHA has extended the indoor mask requirement, but they will remove it by March 31st.