What Oregon's new social gathering restrictions mean for you

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and state health officials held a news conference on the state’s surging COVID-19 numbers Friday afternoon.

Posted: Nov 6, 2020 6:53 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- During a press conference Friday afternoon, Gov. Kate Brown announced a two-week pause on social activities in five counties where COVID-19 transmission is on the rise. No counties in our viewing area fall on that list, but Linn County is on thin ice. 

"We've seen over the past few weeks that COVID-19 is spreading in Oregon and unfortunately it's spreading at an unprecedented rate,” said Brown. “We have to go on the offense to stop the spread."

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This comes one day after Oregon reported 805 new coronavirus cases, shattering the state's single-day record. The previous single-day high was 600 on Oct. 30. 

RELATED: OREGON SEES 805 NEW COVID-19 CASES, SHATTERING DAILY RECORD

The new measures will go into effect this Wednesday and will last until Nov. 25. The five counties this pause will affect are Malheur, Marion, Multnomah, Jackson and Umatilla. 

The governor chose 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.

Washington, Baker, Union, Clackamas and Linn counties are all close to the COVID-19 thresholds. The Oregon Health Authority will examine their COVID-19 metrics on Monday to determine if they should be added to the two-week pause list.

The list includes the following:

  • Urging all businesses to mandate work from home to the greatest extent possible.
  • Pausing long-term care facility visits 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 takeout.
  • Reducing other indoor activity maximums capacity to 50 people.
  • Limiting social gatherings to your household, or no more than 6 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.

Brown said she doesn't want to take further action to stop the spread because of the harsh effects it has had on our economy, especially small businesses in previous months. 

However, she believes its imperative that we put Oregonians' lives at the forefront. 

"The two-week pause is a first step in our efforts to control the virus," Brown said. "I need all Oregonians to understand that additional closures may be imminent in two weeks if we don’t see reduced case counts."

Brown and state health officials said the virus is spreading through the state at an unprecedented rate due in large part to in-person, indoor social gatherings. 

“When people become ill we need to ensure that there are enough hospital beds, (personal protective equipment) and staff,” the governor said.

State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger said he is worried about Oregonians being tempted to gather and watch PAC-12 football this Saturday.

"We ask them to watch the game and cheer their team on, but to do so with members of their own household ideally from their own home. Turn on FaceTime or other means to celebrate with your friends across the state or country rather than gathering in person.  I'm still worried about it but I hope Oregonians come together this weekend and that we won't see huge crowds of people and that we don't have to ask for additional restrictions for future games," Sidelinger said. 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 133851

Reported Deaths: 1803
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah28467459
Washington18734171
Marion16247239
Clackamas11698138
Lane8353109
Jackson693085
Umatilla679368
Deschutes499936
Yamhill319045
Malheur313552
Linn311646
Polk245540
Klamath242838
Josephine174333
Benton170514
Jefferson170525
Douglas168743
Union111416
Wasco108123
Columbia104918
Lincoln99617
Hood River95421
Coos93815
Morrow93810
Clatsop6865
Crook62110
Baker5685
Tillamook3652
Curry3245
Lake2305
Grant2131
Harney1754
Wallowa963
Gilliam511
Sherman470
Wheeler201
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