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Gov. Brown: 'Vast majority' of Oregon businesses following COVID-19 requirements

After a full month of spot checks by the OLCC and Oregon OSHA, Governor Kate Brown says that businesses are largely following the mandated coronavirus precautions.

Posted: Aug 5, 2020 3:20 PM
Updated: Aug 5, 2020 3:26 PM

SALEM, Ore. — A full month after Governor Kate Brown announced that state officials would begin spot checks on businesses to check for compliance with coronavirus mandates, she says that the "vast majority" of businesses have proven to be observing the restrictions.

“We still have a long road ahead of us. Infections continue to rise," Brown said. "But I’d like to thank Oregonians, business owners, and local officials for stepping up to the plate to help make sure we are all wearing face coverings, keeping our physical distance, and working together to keep our friends, neighbors, loved ones, and fellow Oregonians safe.”

Inspectors from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) have visited more than 3,600 bars and restaurants since July 4, according to Brown's office. More than 93 percent of those establishments were in compliance with social distancing and face covering requirements.

Of the places found to be out of compliance, most took "corrective measures" after the OLCC contacted them. Only about 1 percent of businesses were forwarded to Oregon OSHA for further investigation.

On Tuesday, the OLCC said that it had suspended the liquor license for the Jammin Salmon, a bar on Rogue River Highway, due to alleged violations of both social distancing and mask requirements — one of the most drastic enforcement measures taken since July 4.

"OLCC inspectors have reported some business owners are continuing to choose not to follow health and safety requirements," Brown's office said. "For those businesses, OLCC has the ability to suspend licenses for failing to follow face covering and physical distancing requirements. OLCC took action yesterday and suspended the liquor license of a Rogue River bar and restaurant."

OSHA has received more than 3,400 coronavirus-related complaints from the public or employees about workplaces since July 4, but only a "small number" proved to be in violation of COVID-19 requirements, Brown's office said.

The agency has done more than 60 inspections based on those complaints, on top of roughly 5,000 uninitiated spot checks — resulting in 14 citations and five "Red Warning Notices." The latter charge applies to willful violations of the state mandates, or when a business refuses to take corrective measures. The Red Warning serves as a mandated closure until the "hazardous condition is remedied."

“Let me be clear: businesses that do not follow the health and safety guidance established by the Oregon Health Authority are putting their employees, their customers, and their communities at risk, risking community-wide closures for other businesses as well if a COVID-19 outbreak starts to spread out of control,” Brown said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 352026

Reported Deaths: 4185
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55306692
Washington38321316
Marion36352445
Clackamas29350304
Lane27309299
Jackson22783304
Deschutes19886124
Umatilla14286144
Linn12617120
Douglas11918241
Josephine9292195
Yamhill8584111
Klamath7765111
Polk719680
Malheur552774
Benton537630
Coos492593
Columbia375743
Jefferson366351
Union316247
Lincoln313338
Wasco282640
Crook277646
Clatsop240729
Baker199228
Tillamook194929
Hood River190137
Morrow183023
Curry178723
Harney110225
Grant98012
Lake89711
Wallowa67312
Gilliam1494
Sherman1463
Wheeler1031
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California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 4825708

Reported Deaths: 70829
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles147768626443
Riverside3704095008
San Diego3649124169
San Bernardino3574215597
Orange3234075528
Sacramento1584372283
Fresno1451192063
Santa Clara1450041895
Kern1449141615
Alameda1202831381
San Joaquin1022501721
Ventura1008011165
Contra Costa99612995
Stanislaus856421319
Tulare79513958
San Francisco54220644
San Mateo53970622
Monterey50772583
Solano45898340
Santa Barbara45005522
Merced42047579
Sonoma40822402
Placer39118420
Imperial35794764
Kings32587315
San Luis Obispo29797331
Madera23680281
Butte23649265
Shasta23544341
Santa Cruz20928218
Yolo20240248
Marin17644243
El Dorado17083149
Sutter13847172
Napa12855100
Yuba1000882
Tehama9406107
Humboldt9171108
Nevada909490
Mendocino757686
Lassen749946
San Benito741372
Tuolumne680893
Lake6565104
Amador540364
Siskiyou445842
Glenn433632
Calaveras385180
Del Norte357141
Colusa302818
Inyo203540
Mono16565
Plumas16046
Mariposa130815
Trinity86711
Modoc6758
Unassigned1820
Sierra1810
Alpine1030
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