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Medford Police asks people to observe COVID-19 freeze; citations a 'last resort'

The Medford Police Department echoed a statement from Oregon law enforcement leaders, asking Oregonians to respect the two-week freeze so that enforcement does not become an issue.

Posted: Nov 18, 2020 11:05 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Police Department on Wednesday echoed a statement from Oregon law enforcement leaders issued the day before, asking Oregonians to respect the two-week freeze so that enforcement does not become an issue.

A joint letter issued by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association, the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon State Police urged Oregonians to unify and protect the most vulnerable members of their communities by observing the freeze.

MPD asked the people of Medford to do the same in order to help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19, promising to pursue an "education first" approach to enforcing the freeze restrictions — only issuing criminal citations as a last resort.


RELATED: Governor Brown announces two-week 'freeze' statewide in attempt to halt rapid COVID-19 spread


“Medford Police Officers will be directed, where appropriate, to not take immediate enforcement action," said MPD chief Scott Clauson. "Law Enforcement always has the option of gathering relevant information, completing the investigation into the alleged violation of the order, completing a police report, and referring the case to the District Attorney’s office for charging considerations at a later time.”

The agency cited surging cases in Jackson County that have increasingly raised the pressure on local hospitals, which are seeing a record number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations.

"We must make it a priority to take preventative actions such as wearing a mask, staying home if you’re sick, and limiting social gatherings as much as possible," MPD said. "We recognize the inconvenience of the pandemic and the impacts the restrictions have had on all of us. Please join us in following the Two-Week Freeze to make our communities a safer and healthy place."

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Cases: 324571

Reported Deaths: 3709
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Washington35987280
Marion33757401
Clackamas27506277
Lane24978256
Jackson21483271
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Umatilla13107129
Linn1105390
Douglas11044207
Josephine8843175
Yamhill7781102
Klamath669695
Polk644272
Malheur498769
Benton479530
Coos439772
Columbia339039
Jefferson329748
Union287738
Lincoln286830
Wasco250139
Clatsop226026
Crook224939
Tillamook186123
Baker183124
Morrow171221
Curry169217
Hood River167235
Harney90518
Grant8899
Lake7518
Wallowa55812
Gilliam1404
Sherman1333
Wheeler651
Unassigned00

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Cases: 4698504

Reported Deaths: 68767
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Riverside3618524864
San Diego3547324054
San Bernardino3504055545
Orange3179985409
Sacramento1526762142
Santa Clara1418101852
Fresno1383231939
Kern1378841540
Alameda1173871328
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Ventura986241138
Contra Costa96871924
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Tulare74793904
San Mateo52770612
San Francisco52580622
Monterey49872571
Solano44658314
Santa Barbara43571505
Merced40058548
Sonoma39799384
Placer37312370
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Kings30713293
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Madera22239263
Butte22019238
Shasta21684291
Santa Cruz20334214
Yolo19462239
Marin17258242
El Dorado16291132
Sutter13297155
Napa1242695
Yuba945564
Nevada863985
Tehama856088
Humboldt851494
San Benito716170
Mendocino708182
Lassen660127
Tuolumne630193
Lake620295
Amador505559
Glenn411330
Siskiyou410442
Calaveras355570
Del Norte348237
Colusa294418
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Mono15295
Plumas12976
Mariposa106213
Trinity75810
Modoc6288
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