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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.

Cases: 174501

Reported Deaths: 2460
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah34800568
Washington23412229
Marion20116299
Clackamas15311204
Lane11554144
Jackson9904127
Umatilla796883
Deschutes708272
Linn414263
Yamhill408775
Klamath345259
Polk342952
Malheur342758
Josephine305462
Douglas304365
Benton273218
Jefferson206432
Coos196831
Columbia153826
Union141124
Lincoln129820
Wasco128928
Hood River112429
Morrow107915
Clatsop8918
Crook87819
Baker85614
Curry5939
Tillamook5803
Lake4137
Grant4064
Harney3056
Wallowa1575
Sherman570
Gilliam561
Wheeler251
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3716579

Reported Deaths: 60994
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles122864123628
Riverside2972154525
San Bernardino2945774550
San Diego2748113674
Orange2688694891
Santa Clara1169712013
Kern1078251322
Sacramento1010581646
Fresno1005001643
Alameda852561477
Ventura802301000
San Joaquin714311334
Contra Costa66927782
Stanislaus603831028
Tulare49383830
Monterey43267357
San Mateo41107560
San Francisco35993517
Santa Barbara33863446
Solano31875239
Merced31196452
Sonoma29679311
Imperial27962719
Kings22766245
Placer21751283
San Luis Obispo20917256
Madera16250239
Santa Cruz15554204
Marin13860226
Yolo13559199
Shasta11677217
Butte11549196
El Dorado9719109
Napa965479
Sutter9268109
Yuba609844
San Benito598263
Lassen566924
Tehama543056
Nevada444775
Tuolumne406664
Mendocino398747
Amador362151
Humboldt358737
Lake340643
Glenn235525
Colusa219816
Calaveras205551
Siskiyou194021
Inyo141738
Del Norte12747
Mono12734
Plumas6906
Modoc4884
Mariposa4247
Trinity3985
Sierra1100
Alpine880
Unassigned330
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