(Portland, OR) -- The Oregon Health Authority is moving up the date to end the mask requirement from March 31st to March 19th. By that date, COVID-19 hospitalizations are expected to be at 400 or less. If hospitalizations reach that number sooner, it is possible mask mandates could end a week earlier. School districts say the March 19th date will give them time to make necessary changes. Daily COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined 48-percent since peaking in late January.