The Coast and COVID-19
These are unusual times and I feel the need to send an unusual number of news updates.
Cooler, wetter weather seems to have stemmed the influx of visitors ignoring the Governor’s strong request that they stay home and stay safe rather than on our beaches, stores, parks, and streets. Restaurants and bars were closed. State parks and waysides were closed. Many coastal cities and counties responded with emergency declarations closing hotels, vacation rentals, and parks to all except for long-term residential campers.
Earlier today, Governor Brown announced new closures and stay-home measures.
Last week I raised the problem of fair-weather visitors to the coast with Governor Brown. Tom McCall once famously said, “Please visit Oregon but for heaven’s sake please don’t move here”. I’m saying, please visit Oregon but for heaven’s sake not right now. Stay home. Stay safe. Come and see us when this is over and we can celebrate together!
New closures of rentals, stores, parks, and beach waysides will help. I also have asked ODOT to use portable highway message signs to urge tourists to return home.
While it can be argued that the local economy needed those tourist dollars, the evolving health crisis must take priority. We can’t treat it. We can’t vaccinate against it. We need to slow the spread. Stay home. Save lives.
My goal remains to advocate for you, and to provide the most current, and most credible information sources. You can access Thursday’s Telephone Forum here.
As of early Monday morning, the Oregon Health Authority reported 191 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide. Again, no positive cases have yet been reported in our district. Up-to-date information can be found on the OHA webpage.