(Update: Added governor’s newsletter)
Five more counties – and many more closed – could be followed by: ‘Here’s a warning’
SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – With the number of COVID-19 cases skyrocketing to a record and a worrying increase in test-positive rates and hospital admissions, Governor Kate Brown has outlined business restrictions and New social interactions on Friday in at least five counties and possibly 10, to try to stop the spread of the virus.
“Unfortunately, it’s spreading at an unprecedented rate,” Brown told reporters. “It is extremely worrying. Alarmingly, the majority of these cases are not associated with any particular outbreak, but are symptoms of the wider spread in the community.
“Let me be clear ̵1; we cannot allow this disease to continue spreading too quickly in our community. Certainly, lives are at stake, ”she said, noting that governors across the country are witnessing a similarly drastic increase in cases and must take steps to limit the spread.
Again, the people of Oregon have been sacrificed for many months, and as a result the state has “done relatively well,” compared to other places, until recently.
“But we can’t give up now,” Brown said. “Actually, we must continue to violate to stop the spread.”
So Brown ordered a two-week pause in social activities starting next Wednesday for counties with more than 200 cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period, or more than 60 cases for counties with less than 30,000 inhabitants.
For starters, include Multnomah, Jackson, Marion, Umatilla and Malheur counties. Five other people are “on the cusp” of reaching that level and may have to join them: counties of Washington, Clackamas, Linn, Baker and Union.
The new steps to control the virus are “to limit human exposure, reduce the number of people we interact with and the frequency of those encounters,” Brown said.
So, they include pausing a new indoor visit to return to long-term care facilities, as well as reducing indoor restaurant capacity by up to 50 (including employees and customers) and reducing Group size can sit together down to six people. Outdoor dining and takeaway foods are recommended.
The measures also include reducing all indoor leisure activities to 50 capacity at gyms, fitness facilities and museums.
“This pause does not change any rules for faith-based gatherings at the moment,” said Brown.
She also directs all businesses to let employees work from home “to the fullest extent possible” and to keep people from congregating indoors to single households or up to six people in pause time.
“Social gatherings continue to be the main culprits” to the spread of the community, but unfortunately, “the data is proving that not all Oregonians are listening,” Brown said.
“During this two-week pause, please, limit your social interactions with your own households,” said the governor. If there are any larger meetings scheduled, “please cancel” them, she said: “We need your help.”
The goal, along with saving lives, is to avoid overwhelming the health care system, as the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has increased dramatically. Portland area primary (large) hospitals have reached more than 90 percent of their ICU capacity in recent days.
“I want to be clear,” Brown said. “The additional closures could be imminent in two weeks, if we don’t see the number of cases dropping.”
As she later said: “If we don’t stop the spread, then the next shutdown will happen.”
The Oregon Health Authority reported 805 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, breaking the previous state’s previous daily record of 600. Additionally, the most recent incidence of COVID- tests The 19-positive state is 8.4%.
On Friday, the health department reported 769 new cases, bringing the number of cases in the state since the pandemic began to 48,608. The death toll was 716 people.
Officials say “unprecedented” numbers show that Oregonians are more circulating in their communities, losing their guard, and participating in more indoor social gatherings.
There are 204 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Oregon, a record number, according to the Oregon Health Authority panel. The previous record, apart from November, was 168 patients in July.
Brown also asks Oregonians to use the same limits for social gatherings when they plan Thanksgiving and change those plans if they don’t meet the new guidelines.
“This is a warning,” Brown said. “I don’t want to take action that could have devastating effects on businesses, big or small. I will absolutely, if necessary, to protect the health and safety of the people of Oregon. “
Brown also urged Congress to quickly adopt another COVID-19 bailout package when they return to Washington, including another $ 600-a-week addition of unemployment benefits to help those in need. .
“I know any restrictions on restaurants and businesses will affect many people,” Brown said. “Now that it keeps me up to date, we’re seeing these increases in case numbers and the steps we don’t need to take to stop them. However, we have to stop this virus from spreading, we have to preserve the capacity of the hospital, and we have to save lives. “
Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state’s epidemiologist, tried to debunk those calling COVID-19 just another flu: “The death rate is 20 times higher than the death rate from the flu”.
The delay until next Wednesday is to notify businesses as they move forward, and Sidelinger is urging more Oregonians to order takeout or takeout food, rather than live food.
If the “stay at home” order earlier this year is still in effect, he said, there will likely be significantly fewer cases, “but it’s not a sustainable measure.” Indeed, talking about COVID-19 “fatigue” has been a buzz word since late, so balancing it off for medical officials has only become more difficult.
New information posted:
Governor Kate Brown announces Two-Week Pause to Social Activities to Help Stop the Rapid Spread of COVID-19
The measures took effect Nov. 11 in Malheur, Marion, Multnomah, Jackson and Umatilla Counties, with 5 additional counties close to implementing these measures.
(Portland, OR) – Governor Kate Brown today announced new measures to suspend social activities to help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 in counties where community transmission is increase. These suspensions will be in effect for two weeks, from November 11 to November 25, for Malheur, Marion, Multnomah, Jackson and Umatilla Counties. Based on the growing number of cases across the state, as well as the rising sporadic rate in these five counties, new public health measures to reduce the spread are an effort to save lives in Oregon. .
Five additional counties –– Washington, Baker, Union, Clackamas and Linn –– are close to the COVID-19 threshold and need to be added to the Two-Week Pause. The Oregon Health Authority will check their COVID-19 indicators on Monday to determine if those counties are eligible.
“What is alarming is that the recent high incidence is not associated with any particular outbreak, but rather a reflection of the sporadic spread in the community,” said Governor Brown. . “We are seeing in real time how this virus can quickly get out of control. This two-week pause is a series of measures and recommendations aimed at limiting human exposure – both through reducing the number of people we interact with and the frequency of those encounters. We must stop this virus from spreading. We must preserve our hospital capacity. And we must save lives ”.
Two-week Pauses include:
- Urge all businesses to delegate work from home to the greatest extent possible.
- Pause visits to the indoor long-term care facility to protect staff and residents.
- Reduce the maximum restaurant capacity to 50 people (including customers and staff) when dining indoors, with a maximum party size of six. Continue to encourage eating outdoors and take-out.
- Reduce the maximum capacity of other indoor activities to 50 people (including gym, gym / studio, bowling alley, ice skating rink, indoor sports, swimming pool and museum) .
- Limit social gatherings in your family or to no more than six if the gathering includes people from outside your home, reduce the frequency of those social gatherings (significantly over the period of time). two weeks) and keep six people intact in your social gatherings circle.
Governor Brown added: “I am also calling on Congress to adopt another COVID-19 bailout package immediately upon their return to DC – including another $ 600 weekly grant in the Unsurpassed Compensation program. The Federal Pandemic intensified – due to the proliferation of COVID-19 cases and the need to return both here in Oregon and across the country. “
Two-week pauses are being conducted in counties with a case rate of more than 200 per 100,000 people over a two-week period or more than 60 cases over a two-week period for counties with less than 30,000 people. These measures replace the County Supervisory List process established in July by Governor Brown.
Governor Brown’s full comment is available here.
A link to Governor Brown’s press conference is available here.