Jefferson County moves to Phase 2 Saturday
Jefferson County is approved to enter Phase 2 of reopening Saturday, June 6.
Gov. Kate Brown sent a letter to the Board of Commissioners Friday, June 5, announcing the decision. She announced most of the decisions Thursday, but Jefferson, Deschutes and Umatilla were still under review.
"Thank you for the effort you, your residents and your public health system have put into containing the spread of COVID-19 in your county," Brown said.
"I want to be clear that Phase 2 comes with increased risk," she continued. "With every restriction lifted we know
transmission of the virus has the potential to increase. You should be proud of the work done thus far by your local public health department to test, track, and isolate new cases of COVID-19. That work has made it possible for your county to move to the next phase.
"Your county will need to continue close monitoring of (the Oregon Health Authority)'s six public health
indicators to manage any increase in new cases," she said. "Maintaining a culturally responsive and robust contact tracing system, as well as an effective testing and isolation strategy, will be key to containing any potential spread of the virus.
"OHA will be monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in your county, and throughout the state, and will be ready to work with you if any concerns arise."
What Phase 2 means
Phase 2 means some restrictions will be loosened, while others will stay in place. The following is taken from the state's website:
Counties that enter Phase 2 will be able to continue with the reopening process, following updated health and safety guidance:
• Gathering limits will be raised to 50 people indoors, and 100 people outdoors.
• Indoor and outdoor venues, including theaters and churches, with 6 feet of physical distancing and other measures in place, can reach a COVID-19 occupancy limit of up to 250.
• Offices can begin reopening and employees can return to workplaces with physical distancing and other measures in place, though remote work is still strongly recommended whenever possible.
• Increased travel will be allowed throughout Oregon, though staying local is still recommended to prevent overloading county health systems.
• Restaurants and bars will have curfews extended to midnight.
• Pools and sports courts will be allowed to reopen under new guidance.
• Indoor and outdoor activities such as bowling, batting cages, and mini golf, will be allowed to reopen under new guidance.
• Recreational sports can resume in a limited form, under strict physical distancing guidance.
Additional Statewide Guidance
For all counties, including those remaining in Phase 1 or on baseline status:
• Zoos, gardens, and museums can reopen in a limited fashion.
• Professional and collegiate sports teams can return to training in their facilities with physical distancing and health and safety measures in place.
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