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Governor Brown outlines what Phase II will look like; county plans 'under review'

Governor Kate Brown held a press conference on Wednesday morning, finally releasing the details of Phase II for Oregon's plan to loosen coronavirus restrictions.

Posted: Jun 3, 2020 11:27 AM
Updated: Jun 3, 2020 6:21 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown called a press briefing on Wednesday morning, outlining the specifics of Oregon's plans for Phase II of loosening coronavirus restrictions.

All of the southern Oregon counties — Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, and Lake — have submitted plans to enter Phase II this week, and all of them are listed as "under review" by the Governor's office and the Oregon Health Authority. Most have requested to enter the new phase on Friday.

“I want to say thank you to each and every Oregonian who has made sacrifices to protect the health and safety of our communities,” said Governor Brown. “Your leadership –– you choosing to be both kind and smart –– is why we have been able to start the reopening process.”

According to Brown, Phase II will include the following components:

  • Extending possible open hours for bars and restaurants from a 10 p.m. curfew to midnight (Guidance for food service)
  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys and arcades allowed to reopen (Guidance for entertainment facilities)
  • Some recreational sports can resume
  • Pools reopening under strict distancing and sanitation requirements (Guidance for pools and sports facilities)
  • Church, social, and civic gatherings can be larger — likely up to 50 indoors, 100 outdoors for most gatherings, up to 250 people with a large enough space of 35 square feet per person. This aspect of Phase II is still being developed.
  • Expanded in-office work for businesses that have previously gone remote is optional.

Effective June 3, zoos, museums, and outdoor gardens can reopen for small parties of people with enforced physical distancing. Professional and collegiate sports teams will also be able to return to training at their facilities with distancing and sanitation measures.


CLICK HERE to watch the full press briefing with Governor Brown


Up until Wednesday, the details of Phase II still had not been outlined by state officials, beyond still-evolving draft plans. The stated goals were to expand acceptable gathering sizes, allow a return to some in-office work, and limited visits to long-term care facilities.

Counties have been required to submit for eligibility to enter Phase II after 21 days under Phase I — affirming that they have continued to meet the requirements for Phase I, have sufficient contact tracers to quickly investigate new cases, and have enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders.

“Any reopening comes with risk. That’s just a fact of life right now," Brown said. "So we need to reduce the risk that comes with reopening. So, fellow Oregonians, you have another chance to shine. A chance to show that you are looking out for your friends, family, and neighbors.”

At the press conference, Oregon Health Authority director Patrick Allen said that the state would expand COVID-19 testing recommendations to include testing of asymptomatic people from historically underserved communities.

OHA public health officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger reinforced that Phase II will likely last through the summer and into fall for all of Oregon, until a vaccine or widely-available treatment has been developed.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 10230

Reported Deaths: 215
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah248869
Marion164848
Washington158620
Clackamas84525
Umatilla7576
Union3561
Lincoln3464
Deschutes2190
Lane2183
Malheur2061
Polk15912
Linn1579
Jackson1490
Yamhill1398
Jefferson1330
Klamath1301
Morrow1021
Benton945
Hood River930
Wasco911
Josephine551
Clatsop510
Douglas500
Coos420
Columbia390
Lake210
Tillamook140
Crook130
Wallowa100
Curry80
Baker50
Sherman30
Gilliam10
Grant10
Harney10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 264681

Reported Deaths: 6373
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1150243487
Riverside19450479
Orange16854366
San Diego16726387
San Bernardino14922269
Imperial7039114
Alameda6855140
Fresno611077
Santa Clara5273161
Kern524582
Tulare4627136
San Joaquin447455
Sacramento423669
San Francisco377650
Contra Costa366281
San Mateo3536108
Santa Barbara326129
Ventura324047
Marin271921
Stanislaus266045
Kings263432
Monterey206415
Solano147625
Sonoma135911
Merced127211
Placer87711
San Luis Obispo7012
Yolo67726
Madera5785
Santa Cruz4573
Napa3764
San Benito2732
Sutter2523
Lassen2420
El Dorado2260
Butte2063
Shasta1545
Humboldt1444
Nevada1291
Glenn1220
Yuba1061
Tehama881
Lake871
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Del Norte581
Calaveras530
Mono451
Tuolumne430
Inyo331
Amador310
Siskiyou310
Mariposa271
Plumas110
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
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