Governor Brown speaks on framework for loosening COVID-19 restrictions in Oregon

Governor Kate Brown held a press conference on Tuesday to outline her framework on 'reopening Oregon' after an announcement of a pact with Washington and California.

Posted: Apr 14, 2020 11:50 AM
Updated: Apr 14, 2020 5:30 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown held a press conference on Tuesday to outline her framework on 'reopening Oregon' following Monday's announcement that those decisions would be made in agreement with Washington and California.

Oregon remains under a series of executive orders aimed at limiting the spread of new coronavirus, including a statewide stay-at-home order that has closed or restricted many businesses.

While models from medical researchers suggest that social distancing measures have significantly flattened the curve of infection in Oregon, officials have favored continuing those measures at least into May.

"This is only a framework, and its timing is dependent upon several factors," Brown said of her plans on Tuesday. "As Dr. Anthony Fauci says, 'we don't control the timing, the disease controls the timing.'"


WATCH: Video of Governor Brown's live press briefing on Tuesday


Governor Brown identified three major elements needed in place before the state could begin reopening. First, ensuring that the coronavirus' spread has been effectively slowed, with those metrics to be informed by public health experts and the necessary data. Second, Brown said, the state needs to have an adequate supply of PPE on hand to respond to emerging cases.

Finally, Brown said that Oregon needs to "establish a robust public health framework" — ramping up testing capacity throughout the state, developing a standardized system for contact tracing when someone tests positive, and coming up with an effective isolation program for those who do test positive. That last step would include a plan for senior living facilities that are most at risk.

“We all want to get back to work and return to normal life as quickly as possible,” said Governor Brown. “But the truth is: the best path forward is a cautious one — a path that proceeds gradually, carefully, and incrementally. A path that relies on science and facts to determine each step forward."

In order to reach those goals, Governor Brown said that she would be looking for input from local leaders, as well as meeting with people from the industries most impacted by the current shutdowns.

Oregon officials will be working to complete acceptable COVID-19 metrics for reopening, and making those plans for effective testing, tracing, and isolation. They will also by finalizing "discrete steps" and guidelines for a step-by-step reopening of the state.

“The shuttering of an economy of this scale has never ever happened before," Brown said. "The reopening of an economy of this scale has never ever happened before.”

Those final decision will be made in coordination with Washington and California, as outlined in the recently announced West Coast Pact.

“As we prepare in the months ahead to get Oregon back to work, we must remember the importance of doing so in a smart and deliberate fashion that keeps us moving forward instead of sending us backward,” Brown said.

Brown and OHA health officer Dr. Drew Sidelinger indicated that the state is beginning to see an "adequate capacity" of PPE, but it still faces an enormous demand around the country, making a steady supply line difficult to establish. Regardless, Sidelinger said, it isn't enough yet to take the next steps for reopening.

Oregon is now seeing about 7,000 to 8,000 COVID-19 tests processed each week, Brown said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 190804

Reported Deaths: 2528
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah37830583
Washington25279229
Marion21739306
Clackamas17107209
Lane12799145
Jackson10716135
Deschutes866973
Umatilla814084
Linn479867
Yamhill441175
Klamath430861
Polk369952
Malheur349861
Josephine330268
Douglas322070
Benton302619
Jefferson216734
Coos204633
Columbia170526
Union144423
Lincoln137020
Wasco137028
Hood River117930
Morrow110015
Crook106520
Clatsop9738
Baker94614
Curry6459
Tillamook6363
Grant5065
Lake4447
Harney3378
Wallowa1825
Gilliam621
Sherman581
Wheeler281
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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3757115

Reported Deaths: 62280
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles123542224008
Riverside2990644587
San Bernardino2965144697
San Diego2777593725
Orange2707055005
Santa Clara1188512085
Kern1089931373
Sacramento1041761672
Fresno1016251684
Alameda875851545
Ventura808421011
San Joaquin730091391
Contra Costa68503804
Stanislaus619161055
Tulare49554839
Monterey43563382
San Mateo41844568
San Francisco36616543
Santa Barbara34306453
Solano32752249
Merced31743458
Sonoma29975318
Imperial28352721
Kings22965246
Placer22550290
San Luis Obispo21282260
Madera16439242
Santa Cruz16188206
Marin14034228
Yolo13875209
Shasta12071226
Butte11943199
El Dorado10111112
Napa984981
Sutter9411111
Yuba622146
San Benito604863
Lassen569824
Tehama555358
Nevada470775
Tuolumne412364
Mendocino406149
Humboldt393539
Amador365147
Lake346743
Glenn238125
Colusa223016
Siskiyou218123
Calaveras212153
Inyo142638
Del Norte13678
Mono12804
Plumas7066
Modoc4954
Mariposa4457
Trinity3995
Sierra1120
Alpine880
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