Gov. Brown to halt county applications for reopening

With COVID-19 numbers rebounding as the state opens, Governor Kate Brown is calling a one week pause on reopening applications.

Posted: Jun 11, 2020 7:35 PM
Updated: Jun 12, 2020 11:01 AM

Salem, Ore. -- Oregon Governor Kate Brown is announcing a pause on county applications to further reopen for seven days as coronavirus numbers begin to rise. 

In a series of tweets, the Brown said the state saw a "significant increase in COVID-19 infections in counties across Oregon and it is a cause for concern."

Thus, Multnomah County will not be entering phase one on Friday, while Hood River, Polk and Marion counties will not enter phase two.

Brown referred to the measure as a statewide "yellow light" on reopening. 

The seven day pause will allow for public health officials time to asses what factors are driving the spread of the virus. That data will then be taken by the governor to decide whether to lift the pause or extend it. 

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