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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

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 31313

Reported Deaths: 532
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Multnomah6912133
Marion450491
Washington435558
Umatilla291641
Clackamas230461
Malheur155325
Jackson10694
Lane102315
Deschutes78712
Yamhill74414
Jefferson5138
Polk51115
Morrow4906
Linn47813
Lincoln47413
Union4352
Benton2866
Klamath2772
Wasco2693
Hood River2460
Douglas2213
Josephine1902
Columbia1541
Coos1450
Clatsop1240
Baker902
Crook611
Tillamook490
Curry310
Lake280
Wallowa281
Sherman180
Harney120
Gilliam80
Grant80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

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Confirmed Cases: 793065

Reported Deaths: 15189
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Riverside574821172
San Bernardino52873908
Orange523821150
San Diego45147765
Kern31572354
Fresno27843362
Sacramento21628383
Alameda20748390
Santa Clara20587299
San Joaquin20019421
Stanislaus16398339
Contra Costa16056201
Tulare15687256
Ventura12477146
Imperial11606314
San Francisco1086599
San Mateo9625144
Monterey956869
Santa Barbara8930110
Merced8820137
Kings753477
Sonoma7160120
Marin6613113
Solano619457
Madera442465
Placer350742
San Luis Obispo343827
Butte276940
Yolo276554
Santa Cruz22768
Sutter167910
Napa164113
San Benito131211
Yuba11307
El Dorado10744
Mendocino87518
Lassen7350
Shasta72414
Glenn5633
Nevada5246
Colusa5196
Tehama5134
Lake51211
Humboldt4896
Calaveras31114
Amador28616
Tuolumne2264
Inyo18714
Mono1652
Siskiyou1630
Del Norte1381
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc250
Trinity150
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Alpine20
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