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Gov. Brown considers masks requirements for office workers; closing prisons

Following the close of a second 2020 Special Session, Governor Brown held a press briefing to address what was accomplished and what could come next.

Posted: Aug 11, 2020 5:40 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Following the close of a second 2020 Special Session, Governor Brown held a press briefing to address what was accomplished and what could come next, which could include expanding face covering requirements for office workers and closing two state prisons.

When asked about a mask mandate for in-office work, Governor Brown said that her Deputy Chief of Staff, Gina Zejdlik, was working on the new proposal that would likely surface "in the next week or so."

"As you can imagine, given the different types of office environments, it's extremely challenging," Brown said. "My team is working very closely with the Oregon Health Authority and other medical experts to make sure that we do this in what I would consider a common-sense way, and also ensure that staff and employees working in office buildings are protected."

In initial budget proposals, both Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend and Warner Creek Correctional Facility in Lakeview were placed on the chopping block — a proposal that has seen organized resistance from officials in Lake County. However, when the session ended late Monday night with a rebalanced budget, the prisons were not slated for closure.

Brown said she had worked with the state Department of Corrections to identify the two facilities for closure because they existed in "more challenging conditions." The Governor wanted to see them closed so that the funds used for upkeep and staffing could be rerouted elsewhere as the state faces a looming plunge in revenue.

Although the legislature spared both prisons, Brown indicated on Tuesday that they could be closed through an executive order in the near future.

"We're exploring all options available to me, in terms of my executive authority, and I expect to be taking action over the next several weeks," Brown said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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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
Unassigned00

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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