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Gov. Brown announces county COVID-19 'watch list,' Independence Day enforcement measures

Eight Oregon counties have been added to a 'watch list' due to the recent spread of coronavirus.

Posted: Jul 3, 2020 11:14 AM
Updated: Jul 3, 2020 11:22 AM

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown on Friday announced that Oregon will be stepping up efforts to enforce coronavirus restrictions on businesses beginning with the Fourth of July weekend, in addition to a new county "watch list" for areas seeing a spike in cases.

Brown's office said that eight counties had been added to the COVID-19 watch list: Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wasco.

"The spread of COVID-19 in these counties has risen to alarming levels in recent weeks," Brown's office said. "Analysis by the Oregon Health Authority showed alarmingly high per capita rates of case increases and community spread –– cases where the infections are not attributable to a specific location or event. This community spread is a serious warning sign for health experts."


RELATED: Oregon reports new record single-day increase of 375 COVID-19 cases


Counties on the watch list will be monitored in the days ahead while the OHA and local public health officials work on controlling the spread. Brown's office said that these counties could see business closures or a smaller gathering size limit.

“I am asking Oregonians this holiday weekend to take urgent steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing face coverings, avoiding large gatherings, and physically distancing,” said Governor Kate Brown. “And state enforcement agencies will be out in force to ensure businesses are in compliance. Those businesses not complying with gathering size limits, face covering requirements, physical distancing rules, and other standards face stiff penalties.”

Meanwhile, Brown has enlisted the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and OSHA to begin "spot checks" on restaurants, bars, and other businesses throughout the state — starting with the holiday weekend. Officials will be enforcing the face covering, physical distancing, and occupancy requirements under Oregon's coronavirus restrictions.


RELATED: Oregon face covering requirement goes into effect statewide


Brown's office said that OSHA and OLCC staff may issue citations, fines, or "Red Warning Notices" if they encounter violations — the latter of which applies to businesses in willful violation of the Governor's orders and who refuse to make corrections. Those businesses could be closed, accompanied by stiff penalties.

“We stand at a crossroads this weekend –– we can either stop the spread of COVID-19, or infections and hospitalizations will rise across Oregon and I will reinstate restrictive measures in impacted counties and business sectors," Brown said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 21488

Reported Deaths: 357
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah496096
Washington311925
Marion293870
Umatilla230228
Clackamas154940
Malheur80414
Deschutes61110
Lane5903
Jackson4732
Yamhill46713
Lincoln4189
Union3942
Morrow3723
Jefferson3714
Polk31912
Linn28410
Klamath2012
Hood River1930
Wasco1923
Benton1696
Douglas1511
Josephine1152
Columbia970
Coos910
Clatsop850
Crook491
Baker400
Tillamook340
Lake320
Wallowa191
Sherman160
Curry150
Harney100
Gilliam40
Grant40
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

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Confirmed Cases: 574231

Reported Deaths: 10476
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Los Angeles2105434998
Riverside41983820
Orange40527726
San Bernardino36072546
San Diego32975594
Kern24440171
Fresno17846171
Alameda13631209
San Joaquin12864223
Santa Clara12694205
Sacramento12040177
Tulare10862196
Stanislaus10264169
Imperial9693244
Contra Costa9404139
Ventura863492
San Francisco762367
Santa Barbara670469
San Mateo6318120
Merced573670
Monterey544635
Marin540481
Kings445356
Solano427441
Sonoma367047
Madera246339
Placer231922
San Luis Obispo225416
Yolo183444
Santa Cruz12436
Butte12388
Napa107411
Sutter9527
San Benito7654
El Dorado7552
Lassen6830
Yuba6464
Mendocino47210
Shasta45910
Colusa3914
Glenn3603
Nevada3571
Humboldt2864
Tehama2761
Lake2402
Amador1822
Mono1581
Tuolumne1553
Calaveras1471
Inyo1063
Siskiyou1020
Del Norte1000
Mariposa622
Plumas360
Modoc50
Trinity50
Sierra40
Alpine20
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