Governor Brown announces a “two-week pause” in five counties
Governor Kate Brown has announced new measures that will pause social activities to help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 in counties where community transmission is on the rise.
These measures will be in effect for two weeks, from Nov. 11 through Nov. 25, for Malheur, Marion, Multnomah, Jackson and Umatilla counties. Based on increasing statewide case counts, as well as increased sporadic case rates in these five counties, the new measures aim to reduce spread and save lives.
The pause will be instituted in counties with a case rate above 200 per 100,000 people over a two-week period, or more than 60 cases over a two-week period for counties with less than 30,000 people. These measures replace the County Watch List process that started in July.
The Oregon Health Authority will examine the COVID-19 metrics on five additional counties – Washington, Baker, Union, Clackamas, and Linn – on Monday to determine whether those counties will be added to the two-week pause. The measures include:
- Urging all businesses to mandate work from home to the greatest extent possible.
- Pausing long-term care facility visits that take place indoors to protect staff and residents.
- Reducing maximum restaurant capacity to 50 people (including customers and staff) for indoor dining, with a maximum party size of six. Continuing to encourage outdoor dining and take out.
- Reducing the maximum capacity of other indoor activities to 50 people (includes gyms, fitness organizations/studios, bowling alleys, ice rinks, indoor sports, pools, and museums).
- Limiting social gatherings to your household, or no more than six people if the gathering includes those from outside your household, reducing the frequency of those social gatherings, and keeping the same six people in your social gathering circle.