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Governor Brown extends Oregon school closures through April 28

A new executive order mandates that schools now stay closed for six weeks following an earlier order that only extended through the end of March.

Posted: Mar 17, 2020 4:50 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2020 10:05 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown today announced an extension of Oregon’s statewide school closure to a total of six weeks, until April 28, and also issued further guidance for Oregon’s public schools.

This order now dramatically extends an initial two-week closure of Oregon's schools that was set to end on March 31, after the usual Spring Break.

The orders, outlined in Executive Order 20-08, are as follows:

  • Schools are to remain closed through Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
  • Districts are to provide learning supports and supplemental services to students and families during the closure period, including meals and child care. This includes the delivery of food assistance and offering child care for essential health care professionals and first responders.
  • School districts may call on public school educators and employees to deliver limited learning and support services.
  • Each district will pay all their regular employees during the closure.
  • The Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Health Authority, and Department of Human Services are directed to support public schools in the continuity of mental health services.

“I do not take the decision to extend school closures lightly,” said Governor Brown. “This will have real impacts on Oregon’s students, parents, and educators. But we must act now to flatten the curve and slow the rate of COVID-19 transmission in Oregon, otherwise we face a higher strain on our medical system and greater loss of life to this disease.”


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Earlier on Tuesday, state officials announced that child care benefits through the state have been extended to a wider range of Oregon working families, clarifying that daycare centers remain unaffected by the shutdowns to schools and other businesses.

Governor Kate Brown today also signed the following executive orders that she announced yesterday:

  • Executive Order 20-07: Prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink and gatherings of more than 25 people
  • Executive Order 20-06: Declaration of Abnormal Disruption of the Market Due to COVID-19

Brown's order on Monday effectively barred restaurants from allowing dine-in service, reducing them to take-out, delivery, or closing down for at least four weeks. The decision has set southern Oregon businesses scrambling to determine what they will do to make ends meet in the meantime.

All three executive orders take effect immediately, Brown's office said. A complete list of Governor's executive orders to date can be found here.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 10395

Reported Deaths: 215
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Multnomah252969
Marion166148
Washington162020
Clackamas86125
Umatilla7726
Union3561
Lincoln3464
Lane2283
Deschutes2210
Malheur2161
Polk16012
Linn1579
Jackson1520
Yamhill1398
Jefferson1340
Klamath1301
Morrow1071
Benton955
Hood River940
Wasco941
Josephine561
Clatsop540
Douglas510
Columbia420
Coos420
Lake210
Tillamook150
Crook130
Wallowa100
Curry80
Baker50
Sherman30
Gilliam10
Grant10
Harney10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

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Confirmed Cases: 271035

Reported Deaths: 6441
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Los Angeles1165703534
Riverside20555486
Orange17882366
San Diego16726387
San Bernardino15345269
Imperial7190117
Alameda6855140
Fresno611077
Santa Clara5408164
Kern536982
Tulare5009136
San Joaquin447455
Sacramento423669
San Francisco399250
Contra Costa387885
Ventura378950
San Mateo3599108
Santa Barbara326129
Marin280921
Kings267333
Stanislaus266045
Monterey215115
Solano147625
Sonoma135911
Merced127211
Placer91111
San Luis Obispo7652
Yolo67726
Madera5785
Santa Cruz4593
Napa4364
San Benito2732
Sutter2523
Lassen2420
El Dorado2260
Butte2063
Shasta1544
Humboldt1444
Nevada1291
Yuba1282
Glenn1220
Lake961
Tehama881
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Del Norte581
Calaveras530
Mono471
Tuolumne430
Amador330
Inyo331
Siskiyou320
Mariposa311
Plumas110
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
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