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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: 175121

Reported Deaths: 2460
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah34937568
Washington23491229
Marion20195299
Clackamas15386204
Lane11591144
Jackson9923127
Umatilla796883
Deschutes712972
Linn416063
Yamhill410175
Klamath349059
Polk344252
Malheur342858
Josephine306362
Douglas304765
Benton273218
Jefferson207032
Coos197531
Columbia154526
Union141624
Lincoln130220
Wasco129128
Hood River112529
Morrow107915
Clatsop8958
Crook88019
Baker85814
Curry5959
Tillamook5813
Lake4137
Grant4124
Harney3066
Wallowa1575
Sherman570
Gilliam561
Wheeler251
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 3718210

Reported Deaths: 61038
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles122899723653
Riverside2972154525
San Bernardino2947794555
San Diego2749603674
Orange2689624896
Santa Clara1170812013
Kern1078591322
Sacramento1011721646
Fresno1005621646
Alameda853671477
Ventura802301000
San Joaquin714311334
Contra Costa67019782
Stanislaus603831028
Tulare49383829
Monterey43267357
San Mateo41157560
San Francisco36032523
Santa Barbara33896446
Solano31875239
Merced31196452
Sonoma29696311
Imperial27987719
Kings22774245
Placer21751283
San Luis Obispo20917256
Madera16260239
Santa Cruz15571204
Marin13861226
Yolo13580200
Shasta11677217
Butte11573196
El Dorado9719109
Napa966679
Sutter9268109
Yuba609844
San Benito598663
Lassen566924
Tehama543056
Nevada445775
Tuolumne406664
Mendocino398747
Amador362551
Humboldt358737
Lake340943
Glenn235725
Colusa219816
Calaveras205551
Siskiyou194021
Inyo141738
Del Norte12747
Mono12734
Plumas6906
Modoc4884
Mariposa4247
Trinity3985
Sierra1100
Alpine880
Unassigned610
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