Governor Kate Brown told Lincoln County Commissioners that although Lincoln County health and government officials have been trying hard to get a better grip on the Covid-19’s presence in the county, the county is not quite ready yet to be give what’s called “Phase 2” status so it can further open up its local economy.
Here’s Governor Brown’s letter to the Lincoln County Commission:
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.
We received your application request to enter Phase 2 for reopening and have been in discussions with you about a mutually agreed upon date on September 8. We have been carefully monitoring your case trends and over the last two weeks there has been an increase in positivity, slightly higher than the criteria to enter Phase 2. However, we anticipate that your county will stabilize and will be able to enter Phase 2 by the target date of September 8 if you continue to test, track and isolate new cases of COVID-19. This work will make it possible for you to move to the next phase.
Your county will need to continue close monitoring of OHA’s six public health indicators to manage any increase in new cases. 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. Phase 2 is the last full phase until there is a widely available treatment or a vaccine for COVID-19.
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.
Thank you again for all of your hard work and vigilance on behalf of Oregonians. Sincerely,
Governor Kate Brown