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The declaration authorizes the Portland mayor to use powers in the city code to fight the spread of COVID-19

PMG FILE PHOTO - Mayor Ted WheelerMayor Ted Wheeler extended the Declaration of a State of Emergency for two additional weeks because of the progression of COVID-19 in the region on Wednesday, March 25.

The original declaration, enacted on March 12 and set to expire on March 26, states the duration shall be limited to two weeks but may be extended in two-week increments as the pandemic continues.

The renewed State of Emergency remains in effect through Thursday, April 9.

"We're still on the upside of the contagion curve, so now is not the time to suspend an emergency declaration," Wheeler said. "We collectively decide how deep and how long this crisis lasts. We'll get through this together. Stay home, stay healthy in the meantime."

The declaration allows Wheeler to exercise powers afforded the mayor in the Portland City Code. You can find them at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/359044.

You can read the declaration here.


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