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Governor Kate Brown announces Oregon counties approved for Friday reopening

Jackson, Josephine, Curry, Klamath, and Lake counties were all approved to enter Phase One beginning Friday — allowing many businesses to reopen and letting bars and restaurants return to dine-in service.

Posted: May 14, 2020 10:12 AM
Updated: May 14, 2020 2:04 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — At a press conference on Thursday morning, Governor Kate Brown announced which counties have been cleared to enter "Phase One" of the state's plan for loosening coronavirus restrictions.

Overnight, counties in southern Oregon began to report that they had received the green-light to begin Phase One on Friday. Jackson, Josephine, Curry, Klamath, and Lake counties all confirmed that they were approved.


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As of Wednesday, all but three of Oregon's 36 counties had plans under review for reopening on May 15. Those plans were originally submitted to the Governor's office, which screened the applications for basic compliance before they were passed on to the Oregon Health Authority for a more thorough review.

Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties — those hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak in terms of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths — did not apply to reopen.

Governor Brown said that 28 of the counties that applied have been approved for Phase One. Only Marion and Polk counties were rejected for the time being. Three other counties — Jefferson, Umatilla, and Morrow — remain under review, with the Oregon Health Authority requesting further information from county officials before proceeding.

According to OHA director Patrick Allen, Marion and Polk counties both saw an increase in hospitalizations and community spread COVID-19 cases over the past several weeks. They'll be monitored going forward to see if those trends change before they are approved.


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Regardless of those county-by-county decisions, the Governor's office clarified earlier this week that nearly all retail stores throughout the state can reopen on May 15, with physical distancing and sanitation caveats. The only exception is for retail stores within shopping malls, which have to receive the countywide greenlight first.

Also beginning Friday, emergency child care will be expanded with new safety guidelines, reportedly giving more flexibility to families that are returning to work in order to access child care options.

"Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Oregon child care providers have continued to operate by applying with the Early Learning Division to provide emergency child care –– with priority given to the families of first responders, emergency workers, health care professionals, and other essential personnel working outside the home," Brown's office said. "The new guidance also applies to other early learning programs, such as respite care and kindergarten transition."

Oregon is still continually updating sector-specific guidance as businesses shift to Phase One, which is posted to the state website.

There is still no specific guidance for gyms. Though fitness centers in counties approved for Phase One are ostensibly allowed to open, OHA health officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger said that he hoped they would remain closed until that guidance was finalized, which he expected to be done on Friday.

"The Governor’s Office continues to work with the Oregon Health Authority to update health and safety guidance for the reopening process," Brown's office said. "Members of the public with questions about the reopening process are encouraged to visit coronavirus.oregon.gov. A new version of the website will launch tomorrow, May 14, to help Oregonians navigate the guidance that applies at the county level and statewide."

This is a developing story, and the article will be updated with more details as they emerge.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 357526

Reported Deaths: 4284
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55810707
Washington38782324
Marion36837455
Clackamas29779309
Lane27744302
Jackson23059310
Deschutes20336125
Umatilla14492150
Linn12911131
Douglas12118243
Josephine9384196
Yamhill8715113
Klamath8020119
Polk737381
Malheur563677
Benton549431
Coos503794
Columbia382644
Jefferson376052
Lincoln319939
Union319549
Crook291846
Wasco288841
Clatsop244328
Baker203529
Tillamook196932
Hood River192837
Morrow185023
Curry180625
Harney113927
Grant100013
Lake93912
Wallowa68612
Gilliam1544
Sherman1523
Wheeler1121
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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4850807

Reported Deaths: 71341
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles148419226540
Riverside3716705041
San Diego3673614183
San Bernardino3586775692
Orange3242885562
Sacramento1596362309
Kern1463481648
Fresno1463182094
Santa Clara1455431897
Alameda1206921400
San Joaquin1027761721
Ventura1010381167
Contra Costa1000181008
Stanislaus862991335
Tulare80375978
San Francisco54440649
San Mateo54168623
Monterey50911586
Solano46063341
Santa Barbara45223523
Merced42422581
Sonoma40997404
Placer39435429
Imperial36071766
Kings32938325
San Luis Obispo29973333
Madera23955285
Shasta23924352
Butte23818273
Santa Cruz21034221
Yolo20397248
Marin17706244
El Dorado17207149
Sutter13937175
Napa12898100
Yuba1011582
Tehama9534110
Humboldt9269109
Nevada916790
Mendocino766787
Lassen754347
San Benito744972
Tuolumne691790
Lake6631105
Amador547364
Siskiyou451246
Glenn438433
Calaveras391481
Del Norte358742
Colusa307618
Inyo214241
Mono16723
Plumas16607
Mariposa133916
Trinity88011
Modoc6895
Sierra1880
Unassigned1460
Alpine1050
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