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Congressman Cliff Bentz urges Governor Brown to rescind Extreme Risk restrictions

District 2 Representative Cliff Bentz issued a statement calling on Governor Kate Brown to loosen coronavirus restrictions that were raised in 15 Oregon counties at the end of last week.

Posted: May 3, 2021 4:52 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 4:55 PM

ONTARIO, Ore. — Congressman Cliff Bentz on Monday called for Governor Kate Brown to loosen coronavirus restrictions that were raised in 15 Oregon counties at the end of last week. Bentz represents the Second Congressional District — the state's largest district by landmass, covering most of southern, eastern, and central Oregon.

As a delegate to Congress, Rep. Bentz said that he would not normally weigh in on state politics, but he called the most recent restrictions "historically broad in impact" and cited an invitation for input from the Oregon Health Authority.

Bentz pointed to loosened restrictions in other states, and called Brown's proposal of $20 million in aid for impacted businesses "woefully inadequate" for those struggling to survive.

The full statement from Rep. Bentz may be read below:


"In the normal course, as a United States Representative, I would not enter debates regarding state-level politics. However, the Governor’s most recent response to the COVID-19 situation is not only historically broad in impact, but an action that causes far more serious damage than benefit. Additionally, in recent days, the Oregon Health Authority actually invited public input from Oregon’s congressional delegation.

"Governor Kate Brown’s decision to again lockdown huge parts of Oregon has caused incredible frustration for many in my district, and I share their frustration. In a recent letter by Governor Brown, she commended Oregonians for helping make our state 'among the lowest COVID-19 case rates, hospitalizations, and deaths in the nation,' to which she gave credit in 'large part to the actions of Oregonians to take seriously the health and safety measures.' And indeed, today, nearly 70 percent of Oregon’s older population is fully vaccinated and many communities across our state were well on their way to safely returning to some sort of normal. However, Governor Brown has now done completely the opposite of many other states: imposing yet another lockdown.

"Sadly, Governor Brown’s proposed $20 million safety net for those harmed by this most recent lockdown is woefully inadequate for those Oregon businesses struggling to survive. I believe Oregon must reopen and stay open. The reinstatement of the Governor’s shutdown solution will do more harm than good to our loved ones, communities, and our state – especially as risk drops with an ever increasing number of Oregonians being vaccinated. I am calling upon Governor Brown to reverse this unfortunate decision and focus her attention instead on vaccinations and making sure that COVID aid sent to Oregon by the Federal Government be quickly allocated to those in need."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 189162

Reported Deaths: 2514
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah37544577
Washington25097229
Marion21585304
Clackamas16908209
Lane12676145
Jackson10649132
Deschutes846573
Umatilla812184
Linn473067
Yamhill436875
Klamath421861
Polk367852
Malheur349061
Josephine329068
Douglas320570
Benton300019
Jefferson215033
Coos204232
Columbia168526
Union143923
Lincoln136720
Wasco136428
Hood River117430
Morrow109815
Crook104520
Clatsop9668
Baker93814
Curry6409
Tillamook6323
Grant5014
Lake4437
Harney3338
Wallowa1805
Sherman581
Gilliam571
Wheeler261
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Cases: 3753173

Reported Deaths: 62154
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Riverside2988724576
San Bernardino2963244677
San Diego2773233716
Orange2705694992
Santa Clara1186982084
Kern1088871367
Sacramento1040581670
Fresno1014911680
Alameda874071541
Ventura808121011
San Joaquin727841384
Contra Costa68279803
Stanislaus617761053
Tulare49514837
Monterey43506381
San Mateo41755567
San Francisco36577543
Santa Barbara34261453
Solano32698249
Merced31701454
Sonoma29951318
Imperial28295720
Kings22933246
Placer22532290
San Luis Obispo21243260
Madera16423242
Santa Cruz16062207
Marin14009228
Yolo13846209
Shasta12042226
Butte11907198
El Dorado10073111
Napa983381
Sutter9398111
Yuba621344
San Benito604663
Lassen569624
Tehama554558
Nevada467175
Tuolumne411564
Mendocino405948
Humboldt391539
Amador365047
Lake345843
Glenn238025
Colusa222416
Siskiyou215122
Calaveras211153
Inyo142538
Del Norte13637
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Plumas7046
Modoc4944
Mariposa4457
Trinity3995
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