Gov. Brown approves 26 Oregon counties for phase two

Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday approved 26 counties to implement Oregon’s phase 2 reopening plan from coronavirus restrictions.

Posted: Jun 4, 2020 6:08 PM
Updated: Jun 4, 2020 6:16 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday approved 26 counties to implement Oregon’s phase 2 reopening plan from coronavirus restrictions, which allows for pools to open, loosens restaurant restrictions and expands gathering sizes.

These counties, which include Douglas, Jackson, Lane and Linn, will begin phase 2 between Friday and Monday.

“Any reopening comes with risk. That’s just a fact of life right now,” Brown said at a Wednesday news conference. “We need to reduce the risk that comes with reopening. So, fellow Oregonians, you have further opportunity to show that you are looking out for your friends, family and neighbors.”

Counties approved to begin phase 2 Friday are: Benton, Curry, Douglas, Grant, Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Linn, Morrow, Union, Wallowa, Wasco and Wheeler.

Counties approved to begin phase 2 Saturday are: Baker, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Gilliam, Harney, Josephine, Malheur, Sherman and Yamhill.

Tillamook County will begin phase 2 Monday.

The governor’s office said three counties -- Deschutes, Jefferson and Umatilla – have applied and are under further review.

Six other counties -- Clackamas, Hood River, Lincoln, Marion, Polk and Washington – have not yet applied for phase 2.

Oregon’s largest county, Multnomah, remains in the baseline phase. However, county officials said they plan to submit an application for phase 1 Friday.

In order to enter phase 2, counties must meet Oregon’s safety and preparedness prerequisites for reopening and have been in the initial phase for at least 21 days.

Under the new phase, gatherings will be increased from 25 people to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Recreational non-contact sports, such as pickleball and tennis, will begin again. In addition, collegiate athletes will return to training by mid-June.

Restaurants, which are currently required to close at 10 p.m., will be allowed to stay open until 12 a.m.

Following updated guidance, zoos, museums and outdoor gardens, will be allowed to open statewide. The governor is also shifting from requiring people to work remotely to “strongly recommending” it.

In Oregon, at least 157 people have died from coronavirus and more than 4,300 in the state have tested positive for the disease.

For most, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 12438

Reported Deaths: 237
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah296672
Marion189354
Washington189221
Umatilla10418
Clackamas100628
Malheur4002
Union3692
Lincoln3615
Lane3093
Deschutes2680
Yamhill2059
Linn18210
Jackson1810
Polk17912
Jefferson1680
Morrow1541
Klamath1381
Wasco1171
Benton1156
Hood River1060
Douglas640
Josephine571
Clatsop550
Columbia540
Coos540
Lake240
Crook181
Tillamook160
Wallowa150
Baker120
Curry90
Sherman50
Gilliam20
Harney20
Grant10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
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