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Some urging officials to pump the brakes on reopening the state

The decision on when to reopen will be up to the governor, local health officials say.

Posted: Apr 17, 2020 1:29 PM
Updated: Apr 17, 2020 6:37 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – With plans released this week for reopening the state and country, some are urging officials to take things slow.

Following frameworks put out by Gov. Kate Brown and President Donald Trump, many are looking to what the future may hold after weeks of a statewide stay-at-home order.

Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis said that it will be the governor’s call to decide when is the right time to reopen the state.

"We are increasing testing, we are seeing our cases flatten, the curve flatten, we are seeing our PPE in a good place so there is lots of reasons to believe that is something we should be thinking about," said Davis.

Meanwhile, Eugene resident Parker Mallery said he has never seen the community come together like they have to work toward a shared goal of ending the pandemic -- practicing social distancing and wearing masks.

However, Mallery said he thinks it’s too early to reopen the state. Others agree -- we still have a way to go before those conversations should begin.

"I think we're close, we're not there yet and like any other pandemic in history - it's going to linger," Mallery said. "I want it to reopen, but I don't think it's happening soon."

Watch KEZI 9 News at 4, 5 and 6 to learn more about what needs to happen before those first steps are taken.

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