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Southern Oregon counties submit reopening plans to Governor Brown's office

Klamath, Josephine, and Curry counties say they have submitted their plans already. Jackson County plans to do so by the end of the week.

Posted: May 6, 2020 4:19 PM
Updated: May 6, 2020 4:48 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — All of southern Oregon's counties are submitting their plans for entering "phase one" of lifting coronavirus restrictions, pending approval from Governor Kate Brown's office.

Lake County officials signed off on a plan last Thursday, while Josephine County officials said that they submitted a plan to the Governor on May 1. Klamath and Curry counties submitted their plans on Wednesday of this week, and Jackson County indicated that it would have a plan submitted by Thursday or Friday.


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Each of the plans hinge on where the counties stand in regards to COVID-19 cases. The Governor's plan requires that each county must testify to a downward trajectory of both flu-like and COVID-like cases, adequate hospital surge capacity, a steady supply of PPE, and a robust testing program.

While intermittent cases of COVID-19 continue to emerge in southern Oregon, there is no question that stay-at-home measures have "flattened the curve" — ostensibly giving each county a path toward reopening, assuming that the other required public health resources are in place.

The Oregon Health Authority has previously estimated that a minimum requirement for testing is a ratio of 30 tests per 10,000 people per week. According to Josephine County, it would need the ability to test 262 people per week by those standards.


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"By combining all the regional testing facilities together, a conservative estimate puts Josephine County’s reliable capacity for testing at a minimum of 1,000 tests per week," the County's plan states. "This estimate considers the Asante figures as a Josephine-Jackson County regional resource, which is accurate to the way the system operates."

Klamath County Commissioner Kelley Minty Morris indicated on Wednesday that they expect to begin phase one of reopening on May 15, barring unforeseen circumstances, because the Governor has indicated as much in communication with county officials.

Assuming that southern Oregon's counties do enter phase one on May 15, it's still uncertain what precisely it will look like. While Governor Brown has publicly outlined a vague framework for the state, and draft versions of more specific measures have been reported in the media, a final version has not yet been made public by Brown's office.

The proposals from each county include their own visions of phase one, which — for Josephine, Klamath, and Lake counties — includes the resumption of dine-in service at restaurants and bars; and the reopening of barbers, salons, and churches with different social distancing and sanitation guidelines.

To see each of the county reopening plans that NewsWatch 12 has obtained so far, visit the links below:

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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