Gov. Brown renews order declaring pandemic state of emergency
Gov. Kate Brown extended a state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic for another 60 days.
As she made her announcement Tuesday, Sept. 1, Brown also urged Oregonians to maintain healthy practices — face coverings, social distancing and hand-washing — during the Labor Day weekend to check the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Previous outbreaks have followed the Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends.
Her statement says in part:
"This Labor Day weekend is another critical moment in this crisis.
"We can work together to stay safe and put Oregon on the path to return more students to classrooms. 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.
"Small social get-togethers like barbecues and family celebrations have fueled wider community outbreaks in counties across Oregon. This weekend, you have a choice."
She issued the first in a series of executive orders back on March 8. The orders are the legal underpinning for health and safety measures, including protection for child care, schools and higher education. Eight specific measures are tied to the overall executive order.
Several individuals and churches sued her in Baker County Circuit Court, but the Oregon Supreme Court upheld her authority to issue orders in a decision June 12.
Orders are reviewed every 60 days.
The stay-at-home restrictions stemmining from the initial orders have been eased since the end of May.
The state has created a watch list of counties where infection rates are high, and counties remain on the list for a minimum of three weeks.
Multnomah and Hood River counties came off the list last week. Counties still on the list as of Aug. 28: Baker, Jackson, Jefferson, Malheur, Morrow and Umatilla.
Relative to other states, Brown said, Oregon's mortality rate from COVID-19 is low.
"All we need now is the will to follow this through to the end," she said in her statement.
"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."
Link to third extension of Gov. Brown's executive order declaring a state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
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