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Gov. Brown extends COVID-19 state of emergency for another 60 days

Governor Kate Brown said Tuesday that she has extended the coronavirus state of emergency declaration until the beginning of September.

Posted: Jun 30, 2020 3:17 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2020 3:30 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown said on Tuesday that she has extended the coronavirus state of emergency declaration for an additional 60 days, until the beginning of September — delivering a message to Oregonians that they "have a choice" to help save lives in the coming days.

"When I first declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus, there were 14 cases of COVID-19 in Oregon. Today, there have been over 8,600 cases, with over a quarter of those cases identified in the previous two weeks of June," Brown said. "While hospitalizations remain relatively low, we have seen how rapidly those numbers can climb. And, sadly, 207 Oregonians have lost their lives to this disease. Without a doubt, COVID-19 continues to pose a real and present threat to Oregonians in communities across the state, from Malheur County to Umatilla to Lincoln."

An emergency declaration serves as the legal underpinning for all of the coronavirus-related executive orders issued by Governor Brown since Oregon's outbreak began in earnest during the month of March. Extending the emergency declaration allows for those orders to stay in effect.

In May, a Baker County Circuit Court judge rendered those executive orders "null and void" while presiding on a lawsuit filed by a group of Oregon churches, businesses, and individuals. The plaintiffs argued that Brown's state of emergency had exceeded its statutory time limit without renewal from the legislature.

The Oregon Supreme Court ultimately threw out the judge's injunction, saying that the particular statute under which the Governor issued her state of emergency did not have a time limit and could be extended at her discretion.


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“Now, we again find ourselves at a crossroads as a state," Brown continued. "The individual choices each of us makes will decide whether Oregon either flattens the curve of new COVID-19 infections, or sees a devastating spike in cases that overwhelms our hospital capacity in the next month.

“If we all follow the advice of doctors –– if you wear a face covering in public, if you wash your hands, if you cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze, if you stay home when you are sick –– together, we can keep our friends and loved ones healthy and safe."

On Monday, the Governor issued a new order extending face covering requirements for indoor public spaces, already in place for eight Oregon counties, to the entire state.

“If too many Oregonians continue to ignore these precautions, we could see an exponential growth in cases, and newly reopened communities and businesses could close again. We have a chance, now, before the Fourth of July weekend, to make sure that Oregon’s COVID-19 numbers don’t follow the same skyrocketing trajectory of states like Texas or Florida or Arizona," Brown said.

“Oregon, you have a choice. You can help to save lives again. What happens next is up to all of us.”

Brown's office said that she would "review and reevaluate" each of her emergency orders every 60 days to see if they need to be continued, changed, or removed.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 154554

Reported Deaths: 2204
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah31785528
Washington21060212
Marion18335285
Clackamas13310175
Lane10172126
Jackson8299111
Umatilla763181
Deschutes591859
Yamhill375964
Linn356556
Malheur334358
Polk302942
Klamath277455
Douglas242853
Benton231816
Josephine231649
Jefferson195028
Coos142519
Union127519
Columbia124321
Wasco122026
Lincoln112820
Hood River106329
Morrow104414
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6487
Curry4166
Tillamook4122
Lake3746
Harney2726
Grant2221
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3554629

Reported Deaths: 51395
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles118754221106
Riverside2891853749
San Bernardino2853342673
Orange2603483889
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1098411765
Kern102627811
Fresno947941412
Sacramento929441464
Alameda800881224
Ventura77238834
San Joaquin665691082
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus55775944
Tulare47784746
Monterey42138327
San Mateo38763515
San Francisco34061398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano29968164
Merced28915395
Sonoma27954298
Imperial26843589
Kings21951218
Placer19713231
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15390209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12760185
Shasta10944174
Butte10915160
El Dorado9095100
Napa897668
Sutter884597
San Benito574359
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada393274
Mendocino379643
Amador344441
Humboldt316033
Lake313440
Glenn221023
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3947
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
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