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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: 314841

Reported Deaths: 3624
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah51325643
Washington35086277
Marion32748396
Clackamas26680275
Lane24145248
Jackson21050257
Deschutes16703103
Umatilla12736125
Douglas10795188
Linn1051487
Josephine8685169
Yamhill752099
Klamath651892
Polk629171
Malheur485567
Benton463728
Coos420669
Columbia325439
Jefferson315347
Lincoln277930
Union274838
Wasco242339
Crook213639
Clatsop213225
Tillamook182023
Baker176123
Morrow168621
Curry167817
Hood River163435
Harney82319
Grant7848
Lake6988
Wallowa50811
Gilliam1374
Sherman1283
Wheeler651
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 4651497

Reported Deaths: 68087
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles144634825870
Riverside3583834802
San Diego3502674021
San Bernardino3475745507
Orange3150815355
Sacramento1507202105
Santa Clara1407321841
Kern1362881521
Fresno1361631889
Alameda1164051330
Ventura978991120
San Joaquin975341615
Contra Costa95858924
Stanislaus808921235
Tulare73111896
San Mateo52311607
San Francisco52008605
Monterey49485565
Solano44247312
Santa Barbara43189500
Sonoma39476378
Merced39446536
Placer36612364
Imperial34285755
Kings30179285
San Luis Obispo28351313
Madera21749263
Butte21379231
Shasta20763279
Santa Cruz20176211
Yolo19192239
Marin17127242
El Dorado16037127
Sutter13122153
Napa1228795
Yuba928061
Nevada850185
Humboldt831988
Tehama827784
San Benito709567
Mendocino691176
Lassen637927
Tuolumne616993
Lake605887
Amador493059
Glenn399030
Siskiyou391541
Calaveras342766
Del Norte339034
Colusa291018
Inyo166739
Mono14935
Plumas12406
Mariposa100712
Trinity72610
Modoc6278
Unassigned2120
Sierra1980
Alpine1000
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