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Governor Brown orders 'pause' in five Oregon counties, including Jackson

Governor Kate Brown and state public health officials called a press conference on Friday to discuss Oregon's spiking coronavirus cases.

Posted: Nov 6, 2020 1:19 PM
Updated: Nov 6, 2020 3:58 PM

SALEM, Ore. — At a press conference with state health officials on Friday, Governor Kate Brown called for a two-week "pause" in social activities for five Oregon counties that have seen a sustained spike in coronavirus cases — Jackson County among them.

Brown said that the pause affects counties with more than 200 cases per 100,000 over a two-week period, or more than 60 cases in rural counties. To begin with, this describes Malheur, Umatilla, Marion, Jackson, and Multnomah counties — but another group of counties are on the cusp, Brown said.

“It is alarming that recent high case rates are not linked to any specific outbreaks, but rather reflective of sporadic community spread,” said Governor Brown. “We are seeing in real time how this virus can quickly snowball out of control."

The pause begins on Wednesday, November 11 and extends through Wednesday, November 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

The pause is intended as "a first step" intended to reduce human contact and reduce spread of coronavirus, Brown said. She characterized it as a measure intended to avoid more drastic restrictions.

Included within the pause are a variety of measures — halting indoor visits to long-term care facilities; instituting a 50-person maximum capacity in restaurants, including both patrons and staff, and reducing restaurant party sizes to a maximum of six. Outdoor dining and takeout are strongly encouraged.

There will also be a 50-person capacity for recreational venues like gyms, fitness centers, and museums — however, this does not extend to faith-based gatherings.

Working from home is also encouraged in counties under the pause, Brown said. Private social get-togethers are supposed to be limited to a maximum of six people, if including more than one household.

"This is a wake-up call," Brown said.

Oregon marked a new statewide record for new cases on Thursday with upwards of 800, and the Oregon Health Authority reported that last week saw the highest-ever case count since the pandemic began. 

Friday's numbers, released just before the press conference, were still high — though they did not break the Thursday record. OHA reported 770 new cases and six more fatalities.

“I am also calling on Congress to pass another COVID-19 relief package immediately when they return to DC — including another $600 weekly benefit in enhanced Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation — due to the increase of COVID-19 cases and the need for rollbacks both here in Oregon and nationwide," Brown said.

A spokesman for Governor Brown's office told NewsWatch 12 that the pause restrictions do not affect schools, though metrics in areas with high case rates, like Jackson County, continue to restrict most in-person instruction. 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 176157

Reported Deaths: 2461
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah35145568
Washington23569229
Marion20282299
Clackamas15499204
Lane11722144
Jackson9984127
Umatilla798483
Deschutes721472
Linn418763
Yamhill412575
Klamath353759
Polk346452
Malheur343058
Josephine307862
Douglas305765
Benton275418
Jefferson207432
Coos198431
Columbia155426
Union141824
Lincoln130520
Wasco130228
Hood River113029
Morrow108115
Clatsop9008
Crook89119
Baker86114
Curry5999
Tillamook5833
Grant4204
Lake4147
Harney3136
Wallowa1575
Gilliam571
Sherman571
Wheeler261
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 3723446

Reported Deaths: 61122
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles122964123668
Riverside2976204547
San Bernardino2949734561
San Diego2753683674
Orange2691764900
Santa Clara1173172017
Kern1080131331
Sacramento1016651647
Fresno1007021646
Alameda855831477
Ventura803321002
San Joaquin717351334
Contra Costa67157782
Stanislaus605831032
Tulare49443831
Monterey43301364
San Mateo41226560
San Francisco36094529
Santa Barbara33926446
Solano32047239
Merced31289453
Sonoma29720311
Imperial27995719
Kings22781245
Placer21908283
San Luis Obispo20991257
Madera16289240
Santa Cruz15666204
Marin13868226
Yolo13572200
Shasta11747219
Butte11601196
El Dorado9797109
Napa971579
Sutter9299109
Yuba612744
San Benito598963
Lassen567924
Tehama544556
Nevada448975
Tuolumne408664
Mendocino399347
Humboldt363138
Amador362946
Lake341643
Glenn235825
Colusa220416
Calaveras206252
Siskiyou196521
Inyo141838
Del Norte12907
Mono12744
Plumas6936
Modoc4904
Mariposa4287
Trinity3985
Sierra1100
Alpine880
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