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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: 130246

Reported Deaths: 1737
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah27890446
Washington18245166
Marion15878233
Clackamas11445134
Lane8042107
Jackson675782
Umatilla653065
Deschutes480532
Malheur311351
Yamhill309644
Linn304842
Polk236638
Klamath235230
Jefferson166125
Josephine164230
Benton164013
Douglas162943
Union108916
Wasco103723
Columbia100418
Lincoln96817
Hood River93121
Coos92314
Morrow9149
Clatsop6574
Crook5819
Baker5495
Tillamook3572
Curry3164
Lake2275
Grant1821
Harney1673
Wallowa923
Gilliam471
Sherman470
Wheeler191
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Cases: 2877830

Reported Deaths: 32159
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Los Angeles97529913234
San Bernardino2415231560
Riverside2334802399
San Diego2041752005
Orange2027532195
Santa Clara883791028
Kern81490550
Fresno78278846
Sacramento782681044
Alameda63866776
Ventura56453388
San Joaquin54796736
Contra Costa49082395
Stanislaus40695720
Tulare39347482
Monterey34072248
San Mateo30196268
San Francisco27863237
Imperial24717460
Solano24291105
Merced22932287
Santa Barbara22769214
Sonoma22610227
Kings18164110
Placer16532172
San Luis Obispo14625119
Madera12570130
Santa Cruz11423111
Marin11126148
Yolo9933131
Shasta9450111
Butte9013120
Sutter737975
El Dorado732639
Napa702838
Lassen504813
Yuba471226
San Benito469841
Tehama391742
Tuolumne327036
Nevada303770
Mendocino300331
Amador291429
Lake232128
Humboldt222024
Glenn179219
Colusa16679
Calaveras149322
Siskiyou137312
Mono10384
Inyo88227
Del Norte8272
Plumas5695
Modoc3733
Mariposa3344
Trinity2994
Alpine730
Sierra670
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