Gov. Brown to announce much-anticipated COVID-19 'metrics' for schools

Schools in Oregon have been waiting for state officials to reveal what metrics will determine what kind of learning they will be able to offer in the fall.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 6:16 PM
Updated: Jul 27, 2020 6:17 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown said on Monday that she is prepared to announced much-anticipated coronavirus "metrics" this week that are vital for school districts preparing for the coming academic year.

While most districts have so far prepared for a combination of in-person and online learning, it's become increasingly clear with case counts rising statewide that — at least in some areas — having students return to school may be off the table.

Guidance provided by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) in June, which allowed for in-person learning only with built-in social distancing, received a major update on July 22 with face coverings now required for all students.

Governor Brown indicated at the time that in-person classes might prove impossible if the spread of coronavirus continues unabated, but those decisions now hinge on the coming metrics from ODE and the Oregon Health Authority.


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"The metrics to be used are based on the number of COVID-19 cases and the COVID-19 positivity rate per capita –– both on a county and statewide level –– setting requirements for when it is safe for in-person instruction to resume, and when the level of COVID-19 spread in a community would warrant a transition to comprehensive distance learning," Brown's office said.

According to the Governor's office, the current metrics suggest that "many, if not most" Oregon students will have to attend school via distance learning or a hybrid model in the fall.

"Districts across the state have been developing plans to provide high quality education to all students, including students of color, low-income students, students experiencing disabilities, and rural students –– all students who were disproportionately impacted by the institution of comprehensive distance education last spring," the Governor's office said.

The Governor said that she would hold a press briefing on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., accompanied by officials from ODE and OHA. After that, it will be up to each individual district to base their plans on the metrics going forward.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 133851

Reported Deaths: 1803
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah28467459
Washington18734171
Marion16247239
Clackamas11698138
Lane8353109
Jackson693085
Umatilla679368
Deschutes499936
Yamhill319045
Malheur313552
Linn311646
Polk245540
Klamath242838
Josephine174333
Benton170514
Jefferson170525
Douglas168743
Union111416
Wasco108123
Columbia104918
Lincoln99617
Hood River95421
Coos93815
Morrow93810
Clatsop6865
Crook62110
Baker5685
Tillamook3652
Curry3245
Lake2305
Grant2131
Harney1754
Wallowa963
Gilliam511
Sherman470
Wheeler201
Unassigned00

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Cases: 3015644

Reported Deaths: 33724
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Los Angeles102419013936
San Bernardino2540941560
Riverside2422062517
Orange2123892367
San Diego2117872103
Santa Clara935571076
Kern85362565
Fresno82039932
Sacramento801541080
Alameda67375764
Ventura61257412
San Joaquin57094748
Contra Costa52146449
Stanislaus42548749
Tulare41016501
Monterey35418250
San Mateo32186294
San Francisco29139262
Imperial25253463
Solano25216105
Santa Barbara24481231
Sonoma23871240
Merced23800296
Kings19254133
Placer17194173
San Luis Obispo15658128
Madera13328130
Santa Cruz12196113
Marin11569154
Yolo10519131
Shasta9594117
Butte9411121
El Dorado765944
Sutter760477
Napa752139
Lassen509413
San Benito494143
Yuba481827
Tehama397142
Tuolumne330438
Nevada317673
Mendocino311432
Amador300129
Lake257228
Humboldt232224
Glenn192419
Colusa16919
Calaveras160823
Siskiyou140813
Mono10914
Inyo92429
Del Norte8572
Plumas5735
Modoc3793
Mariposa3464
Trinity3024
Alpine730
Sierra700
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