Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced that all applications and approvals for the state’s reopening plan will be on hold for one week following a spike in COVID-19 cases.
“I know how frustrating it is to move slowly,” said Brown during the Oregon Public Health Press Briefing this morning. “We all wish this reopening could be happening faster.”
As of right now, 29 counties are currently in phase two of reopening, three counties are in phase one and haven’t applied for phase two yet, while three counties are in phase one and have applied for phase two. Every county will remain in its current state (phase) for at least the one week pause period.
Multnomah County is still trying to sustain numbers that support the entry of Phase One and remains under stay-home orders.
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All applications and approvals will be on hold for one week, following growth in the number of known cases. Yesterday, the OHA reported almost 200 new coronavirus cases in a single day. While this may be the largest daily jump in Oregon since the outbreak began, it could be due to the growing accessibility of testing.
“My job … is to make tough decisions even when they are unpopular,” added Gov Brown. “And when it comes to the health and safety of Oregonians, the buck stops here.”
“It is still not clear whether the most recent large demonstrations in Portland or other communities have resulted in the spreading of the coronavirus,” Said Pat Allen of the Oregon Health Authority. “But we will have more evidence in coming days.”
This news comes on the day that Multnomah County and the City of Portland was set to enter Phase One.
“To quote one of my contemporary heroes, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia,” said Dr. Sidelinger. “Now is the time to be kind, to be calm, and to be safe.”