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Thirteen business organizations ask Gov. Kate Brown to be untethered from Multnomah County in COVID-19 decisions.

Thirteen business organizations in Washington and Clackamas counties have sent a letter to Gov. Kate Brown urging her to reverse the decision to tether Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties in the reopening of Oregon.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Gov. Kate Brown, masked for social distancing, begins a Thursday, May 7, press conference in Portland.Brown allowed Multnomah County to enter into Phase 1 reopening on Friday, June 19, but the chambers of commerce pointed out that Clackamas and Washington counties have been preparing for weeks to enter Phase 2.

"The thousands of businesses that we represent in Clackamas and Washington counties understand the significance of the virus and are making great sacrifices to comply with the guidance," the June 19 letter said. "The sudden (tethering) rule change leaves them with wasted staffing and inventory expenses that may result in more lost jobs and more families struggling for survival."

In pushing for the autonomous progression of each county into Phase 2, the business groups said both Clackamas and Washington counties have larger geographic areas without the population density of the larger Multnomah County cities.

Read the entire letter here.

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