GOLD BEACH, Ore -- Restrictions are going to continue to loosen and when they do more people are going to travel. That's great for local businesses, but should we be concerned about contact tracing?
"I mean yeah that presents a big problem. We have people coming here from places like Washington and California." said Jodi Fritts. She is the City Administrator for Gold Beach. "I think travel is not the issue. I think the issue is that we all observe those guidelines." said Ginny Williams. She is the CEO of the Curry Health Network.
It's been more than two months since restrictions were first put into place, because of the coronavirus. People are itching to get out. "I definitely think the tracing is important. Based on what I can see, I think we have been doing a good job." said Williams.
What about when people come into a place like Gold Beach from out of town? "It's a double edge sword. We don't know how we are going to be able to track those people down." said Fritts. She is concerned this will bring more cases of the virus. "Which has been a frustration, because we are rural. Maybe that's part of it, people are thinking they are going to avoid the larger areas. Which if you follow that logic it's not very good for us." said Fritts.
"I think the public health agencies are working closely together." said Williams. She doesn't believe tourism will be a problem. As long as people are practicing the guidelines. "I think at that point we can start to enjoy the beautiful country that we live in." said Williams.