West Coast states announce pact to coordinate COVID-19 response decisions

Oregon, Washington and California have agreed to decide in tandem when and how to loosen restrictions against the new coronavirus.

Posted: Apr 13, 2020 1:08 PM
Updated: Apr 13, 2020 1:11 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — The West Coast states of Oregon, Washington and California will decide together when and how to loosen restrictions implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Kate Brown's office announced on Monday.

The announcement comes just hours after President Donald Trump said that it would be the "decision of the President" to open up states again, not the governors of individual states.

"COVID-19 has preyed upon our interconnectedness. In the coming weeks, the West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19 – with our states acting in close coordination and collaboration to ensure the virus can never spread wildly in our communities," Governors Gavin Newsom, Kate Brown, and Jay Inslee said in a joint statement. "We are announcing that California, Oregon and Washington have agreed to work together on a shared approach for reopening our economies – one that identifies clear indicators for communities to restart public life and business."

The West Coast governors said that all three states have agreed to a few basic principles, though each state would have its own specific plan. In short, the statement said that they would prioritize the health of their own citizens, base decisions on science and "not politics," and would make an effort to work together effectively.


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"As home to one in six Americans and gateway to the rest of the world, the West Coast has an outsized stake in controlling and ultimately defeating COVID-19," the governors said. "Health outcomes and science — not politics — will guide these decisions."

Each state would need to see a decline in COVID-19's rate of spread before a large-scale reopening, the West Coast leaders said, and the metrics used to guide that decision are still being determined by those three states together.

"Through quick and decisive action, each of our states has made significant progress in flattening the curve and slowing the spread of COVID-19 among the broader public," the governors said. "Now, our public health leaders will focus on four goals that will be critical for controlling the virus in the future."

Moving forward, the three states' emphasis will be on protecting vulnerable populations (such as nursing homes and other long-term care facilities), ensuring that they have adequate hospital surge capacity and PPE supplies, and developing a robust testing and tracking system for future cases.

"COVID-19 doesn’t follow state or national boundaries. It will take every level of government, working together, and a full picture of what’s happening on the ground," the governors said. "In the coming days the governors, their staff and health officials will continue conversations about this regional pact to recovery."

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Cases: 207333

Reported Deaths: 2759
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Multnomah40422614
Washington26826249
Marion23473324
Clackamas18967235
Lane13934165
Jackson11566146
Deschutes1004182
Umatilla861687
Linn563681
Yamhill478979
Klamath477878
Polk401356
Douglas390683
Josephine362372
Malheur362163
Benton327322
Jefferson237539
Coos217537
Columbia192629
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Lincoln143721
Crook129423
Hood River121833
Morrow115716
Clatsop10609
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Curry72511
Tillamook6604
Grant5527
Lake4688
Harney4359
Wallowa1945
Gilliam811
Sherman701
Wheeler351
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Reported Deaths: 63424
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Riverside3017994627
San Bernardino2993724873
San Diego2819363777
Orange2731285114
Santa Clara1201942193
Kern1108471405
Sacramento1079131737
Fresno1029961724
Alameda898191280
Ventura817271032
San Joaquin748081440
Contra Costa70818813
Stanislaus635581070
Tulare49808850
Monterey43842432
San Mateo42725581
San Francisco37287556
Santa Barbara34624455
Solano33797267
Merced32317481
Sonoma30974317
Imperial28880741
Placer23633300
Kings23209247
San Luis Obispo21448261
Madera16652245
Santa Cruz16246209
Marin14207230
Yolo14157212
Butte12662198
Shasta12616235
El Dorado10415117
Napa1002980
Sutter9672113
Yuba651951
San Benito611163
Lassen579925
Tehama573963
Nevada493275
Humboldt451449
Mendocino435150
Tuolumne421971
Amador374347
Lake356445
Glenn243527
Siskiyou239837
Colusa228818
Calaveras220956
Del Norte14658
Inyo143438
Mono12984
Plumas7376
Modoc5635
Mariposa4657
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