Gov. Brown delivers 2021 State of the State address

The speech comes as the state continues to face unique struggles due to the pandemic, social unrest, and the wildfires that happened the past fall.

Posted: Jan 21, 2021 10:53 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- Gov. Kate Brown delivered the 2021 State of the State address on Thursday.

The speech comes as the state continues to face unique struggles due to the pandemic, social unrest, and the wildfires that happened the past fall.

It was one year ago today that Gov. Brown established an incident management team to prepare for COVID-19 to arrive in Oregon. Brown said she knew the state had to be prepared.

The speech detailed the state's response to the arrival of COVID-19 in 2020 and what came next, including the release of the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance. 

Brown also touched on the protests that took place over the summer. She said people of color are disproportionately affected by the struggles the state is facing. 

When fires swept through the state in September 2020, entire towns were wiped off the map, Brown said. Nine people died, and more than 4,000 homes were lost. 

The second wave of the pandemic hit last fall, just as the state was reeling from the recent wildfires.

Brown compared Oregon's efforts to a marathon, saying that we're not in a race against others, but ourselves and time. While we can see the finish line, the race is far from over, the governor added. 

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