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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.

Cases: 193732

Reported Deaths: 2572
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah38352591
Washington25592233
Marion22026306
Clackamas17440214
Lane13007148
Jackson10862139
Deschutes896274
Umatilla820284
Linn492969
Yamhill446376
Klamath441164
Polk375752
Malheur351863
Josephine334570
Douglas327271
Benton310019
Jefferson219837
Coos206633
Columbia174427
Union144823
Lincoln137921
Wasco137728
Hood River118730
Crook111322
Morrow110716
Clatsop9858
Baker95414
Tillamook6493
Curry6469
Grant5095
Lake4517
Harney3448
Wallowa1845
Gilliam631
Sherman581
Wheeler321
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California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 3764405

Reported Deaths: 62573
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles123645624067
Riverside2994554594
San Bernardino2967824715
San Diego2785913729
Orange2709835026
Santa Clara1190642096
Kern1091771374
Sacramento1048401686
Fresno1018381688
Alameda879401657
Ventura810011013
San Joaquin732201391
Contra Costa68741805
Stanislaus621421061
Tulare49654839
Monterey43613383
San Mateo42038568
San Francisco36720544
Santa Barbara34337456
Solano32953252
Merced31898460
Sonoma30035320
Imperial28443726
Kings22989246
Placer22679292
San Luis Obispo21308260
Madera16462242
Santa Cruz16264207
Marin14056227
Yolo13910210
Shasta12152226
Butte12026199
El Dorado10168112
Napa987082
Sutter9433112
Yuba626847
San Benito606563
Lassen570624
Tehama557262
Nevada474275
Tuolumne413166
Mendocino410149
Humboldt404641
Amador365847
Lake347643
Glenn239125
Colusa223416
Siskiyou223424
Calaveras212954
Inyo142838
Del Norte13938
Mono12844
Plumas7106
Modoc4994
Mariposa4487
Trinity4005
Sierra1120
Alpine880
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