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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.

Confirmed Cases: 11851

Reported Deaths: 232
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah282472
Marion183153
Washington181520
Umatilla9877
Clackamas95527
Union3692
Lincoln3615
Malheur3021
Lane2943
Deschutes2520
Yamhill1949
Jackson1780
Linn17410
Polk17312
Jefferson1630
Morrow1381
Klamath1351
Wasco1161
Benton1126
Hood River1040
Douglas600
Josephine571
Clatsop550
Coos540
Columbia480
Lake240
Crook181
Tillamook160
Wallowa140
Baker110
Curry90
Sherman40
Harney20
Gilliam10
Grant10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 318761

Reported Deaths: 7027
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1303943795
Riverside24765537
Orange23901421
San Diego19371422
San Bernardino18912304
Fresno790687
Imperial7827135
Alameda7725148
Kern633997
San Joaquin627968
Santa Clara5983166
Tulare5678152
Sacramento533981
Stanislaus463351
Contra Costa460589
San Francisco442650
Ventura424653
San Mateo3949112
Santa Barbara393131
Marin343430
Kings289839
Monterey254018
Solano207528
Merced188412
Sonoma165014
Placer105511
San Luis Obispo9054
Madera8938
Yolo83928
Santa Cruz5683
Napa4774
Sutter3724
Butte3384
San Benito3362
El Dorado3070
Lassen2750
Shasta1876
Yuba1803
Humboldt1654
Glenn1640
Nevada1631
Colusa1130
Mendocino1130
Lake1081
Tehama1041
Calaveras670
Tuolumne640
Del Norte600
Mono501
Siskiyou410
Amador400
Inyo341
Mariposa311
Plumas170
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
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