Governor Kate Brown has extended the state’s emergency declaration for another 60 days.
Now, the government of Oregon will have the necessary federal emergency funding to maintain current pandemic-related executive orders until November 3.
“When I last extended the COVID-19 state of emergency in June, I told Oregonians that we were at a crossroads: we could work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon, or we could watch infections and hospitalizations spike,” said Governor Brown in the announcement.
“Now, six months after this crisis began, we have made progress. Together, we have slowed the spread of this disease. Oregon has one of the lowest mortality rates in the country. But, as students across Oregon begin a school year far different than any other before, it is clear that, at current COVID-19 levels, it will not be safe in much of the state for children to return to in-classroom instruction for months to come.”
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The most recent weekly report from the Oregon Health Authority shows a slight downturn in new cases as well as community spread. However, the state continues to look forward to reopening as safely as possible.
“We can work together to stay safe and put Oregon on the path to return more students to classrooms,” continued Governor Brown. “Or, we could see Labor Day celebrations unknowingly sow the seeds of COVID-19 outbreaks that could set us back for months. Until there is an effective vaccine for COVID-19, this disease can spread like wildfire if we let our guard down.”
“We know this can work. We have seen it work in rural and urban communities that have experienced significant outbreaks,” said Governor Brown.
“Last week, Multnomah and Hood River counties came off the Watch List. All we need now is the will to follow this through to the end.”
“We have come this far together. And that’s the only way we’ll get through this — working together, day by day, to keep each other healthy and safe until we reach the day that there is an effective vaccine or treatment for this disease.”