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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: 309841

Reported Deaths: 3569
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah50840642
Washington34683272
Marion32181388
Clackamas26315270
Lane23632246
Jackson20753255
Deschutes16401100
Umatilla12552125
Douglas10599185
Linn1030285
Josephine8536163
Yamhill737299
Klamath637891
Polk617770
Malheur475867
Benton454027
Coos406469
Columbia320237
Jefferson310446
Lincoln272829
Union266036
Wasco236739
Crook212137
Clatsop210225
Tillamook179623
Baker171920
Morrow166621
Curry166317
Hood River161635
Harney77115
Grant7538
Lake6608
Wallowa50111
Gilliam1364
Sherman1283
Wheeler651
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 4620663

Reported Deaths: 67781
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles144072125799
Riverside3561924786
San Diego3481004002
San Bernardino3456445474
Orange3135295344
Sacramento1494582070
Santa Clara1398391835
Fresno1347291868
Kern1343971515
Alameda1155381318
Ventura972861115
San Joaquin965701608
Contra Costa95152917
Stanislaus800341229
Tulare72268894
San Mateo51984607
San Francisco51582605
Monterey49321562
Solano43887312
Santa Barbara42872497
Sonoma39192376
Merced38977532
Placer36118358
Imperial34105753
Kings29822280
San Luis Obispo28136310
Madera21520258
Butte20994230
Shasta20308276
Santa Cruz20066211
Yolo19040239
Marin17020242
El Dorado15864127
Sutter12955152
Napa1219395
Yuba915461
Nevada839485
Humboldt819084
Tehama810983
San Benito706167
Mendocino676471
Lassen634127
Tuolumne605593
Lake596487
Amador486658
Glenn394630
Siskiyou383241
Calaveras334566
Del Norte330134
Colusa289718
Inyo164939
Mono14625
Plumas12076
Mariposa96712
Trinity70510
Modoc6278
Sierra1980
Unassigned1170
Alpine990
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