PORTLAND, Ore. — Two more states have joined a regional pact for coordinating the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, Governor Kate Brown announced on Monday. The governors of Colorado and Nevada announced on Monday that they would join Oregon, Washington, and California in the group.
Governors Kate Brown, Jay Inslee, and Gavin Newsom first announced the West Coast pact on April 13, vowing to work together while approaching strategies for gradually reopening their state economies.
According to Brown's office, Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak have announced that they are now joining the "Western States Pact."
“As Western states, we are all in this together,” said Governor Kate Brown. “Each of our states took quick and decisive action, based on science and data, to stop the spread of COVID-19. In the same way that we share expertise and help one another during wildfire season, we will work together as we recover from the impacts of this pandemic –– with a shared vision, a common purpose, and individual paths forward tailored to the needs of our states –– to reopen our communities and economies, and prepare our constituents for a safe return to public life.”
The pact continues to look toward three primary principles: Putting the health of each state's residents first; guiding decisions by health outcomes and science, "not politics;" and acknowledging that each state's efforts will only be effective by working together.
“Coloradans are working together to slow the spread of COVID-19 and have important information to share with and to gain from other states," said Governor Polis. "I’m thrilled Colorado is joining the Western States Pact. There’s no silver bullet that will solve this pandemic until there is a cure so we must have a multifaceted and bold approach in order to slow the spread of the virus, to keep our people safe and help our economy rebound.”
According to Brown's office, the Western States will keep working together toward four main goals — protecting vulnerable populations at-risk of an outbreak, ensuring the ability to provide care for those who do become sick, mitigating the indirect health impacts of COVID-19, and protecting the general public with a robust system for testing, tracking, and isolating cases.
“I’m honored to have the State of Nevada join the Western States Pact and believe the sharing of critical information and best practices on how to mitigate the spread, protect the health and safety of our residents, and reopen responsibly will be invaluable as we chart our paths forward," said Governor Sisolak. "Millions of visitors from our fellow Western states travel to Nevada every year as a premier tourism destination, and this partnership will be vital to our immediate recovery and long term economic comeback.”
This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.