Draft plan for reopening Oregon considers county-by-county lifting of COVID-19 restrictions

An updated framework for lifting Oregon's coronavirus measures was outlined on Monday, but still hinges on important benchmarks before those steps would be taken.

Posted: Apr 21, 2020 11:18 AM
Updated: Apr 21, 2020 11:33 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. — A draft version of Oregon's still-evolving plan for gradually lifting coronavirus restrictions, outlined in a PowerPoint presentation on Monday, includes criteria for a county-by-county reopening of the state if certain goals and commitments are met.

The document follows Governor Kate Brown's announcement of a framework for reopening the state last Tuesday, but is largely informed by a three-phase White House plan that was released on Thursday.

Like both plans — Governor Brown's and the Trump administration's — the new draft plan continues to hinge on a few basic but elusive benchmarks. The state would have to see a sustained 14-day decline in the number of new cases, adequate testing availability and hospital surge capacity, a robust system for contact tracing, and enough PPE to go around in the event of a surge.

While generally following the White House's three-phase plan, Oregon is considering several important changes. Under Phase One, Oregon could reopen more childcare options while schools and other organized youth activities remain closed. Instead of opening large venues like sports stadiums, theaters, and churches under strict social distancing protocols, Oregon is likely to keep those closed.

The Oregon document shows that state officials are still mulling the idea of reopening sit-down dining, gyms, and bars under Phase One. The state is also still reviewing the resumption of non-emergency procedures at medical facilities.


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Importantly, the draft plan outlines a possible road-map for reopening individual counties that have seen relatively few or no cases of COVID-19. While the topic remains under discussion, the draft requirements include receiving letters from the leaders of local hospitals promising to report their daily PPE supply to the Oregon Health Authority and assure that they have a steady supply of necessary equipment, as well as adequate hospital surge capacity.

For a county to reopen under the draft report, the state would also need to receive a recommendation letter from the County's public health officer, and a vote from the County's leaders certifying that there is enough PPE for first responders.

The draft report says that measures for Phase Two and Three still need review by the Oregon Health Authority, the Governor's Medial Advisory Panel, and local public health officials.

Under Phase Two of the current draft plan, gatherings could increase to 50 people, non-essential travel could resume, and schools and gyms could open again under physical distancing measures. 

In Phase Three, the mass gathering size would again increase, worksites would be able to lift staffing restrictions, visitors would again be allowed at nursing homes, and restaurants and bare could have more seating than social distancing guidelines would allow.

The presentation marks an intermediate step in state officials' formulation of a plan to reopen Oregon while staying vigilant for further cases of COVID-19, so these measures are almost guaranteed to change before a final plan is released.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 157079

Reported Deaths: 2296
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah32006550
Washington21377217
Marion18625287
Clackamas13456191
Lane10373131
Jackson8569118
Umatilla770982
Deschutes602765
Yamhill380069
Linn361357
Malheur336358
Polk308845
Klamath281655
Douglas259255
Josephine240056
Benton236618
Jefferson197630
Coos159121
Union130519
Columbia127721
Wasco122226
Lincoln113920
Hood River107129
Morrow105014
Crook78118
Clatsop7796
Baker6769
Curry4387
Tillamook4302
Lake3836
Harney2786
Grant2301
Wallowa1445
Gilliam541
Sherman530
Wheeler221
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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3596760

Reported Deaths: 54134
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles120186822015
Riverside2909043892
San Bernardino2877823137
San Diego2627813385
Orange2625504173
Santa Clara1116381822
Kern104181942
Fresno961841488
Sacramento941821510
Alameda812551289
Ventura78368883
San Joaquin672841182
Contra Costa63297708
Stanislaus56702957
Tulare48203770
Monterey42404331
San Mateo39305525
San Francisco34526432
Santa Barbara32301423
Solano30305167
Merced29376413
Sonoma28417303
Imperial26970641
Kings22175227
Placer20035232
San Luis Obispo19835246
Madera15624214
Santa Cruz14790187
Marin13358198
Yolo12920185
Shasta11102179
Butte11050169
El Dorado9204100
Napa910975
Sutter892398
Yuba579539
San Benito579061
Lassen562325
Tehama511852
Nevada403374
Tuolumne397259
Mendocino383944
Amador348441
Humboldt326633
Lake318541
Glenn224123
Colusa214213
Calaveras192849
Siskiyou179014
Inyo133437
Mono12194
Del Norte10275
Plumas6546
Modoc4604
Mariposa3957
Trinity3735
Sierra1000
Alpine840
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