WATCH: Gov. Brown pauses social activities in some counties

Amid record high case counts in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown is discussing the state of coronavirus in Oregon in a press conference on Friday.

Posted: Nov 6, 2020 1:06 PM
Updated: Nov 6, 2020 2:00 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Amid record high case counts in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown is discussing the state of coronavirus in Oregon in a press conference on Friday.

A two-week pause on social activities will be placed on some counties if they meet certain metrics -- more than 200 cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period or more than 60 cases for counties with less than 30,000 people.

At this time, the following counties will be required to pause social activities: Malheur, Umatilla, Marion, Jackson and Multnomah. 

The pause begins on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and extends through Wednesday, Nov. 25 -- the day before Thanksgiving.

Several counties are close to meeting the metrics as well and could be required to put a similar pause in place if transmission rates increase. These include Washington, Baker, Union, Clackamas and Linn counties.

The pause is intended as "a first step" intended to reduce human contact and reduce spread of coronavirus, Brown said. She characterized it as a measure intended to avoid more drastic restrictions.

"This is a wake-up call," Brown said.

Included within the pause are a variety of measures — halting indoor visits to long-term care facilities; instituting a 50-person maximum capacity in restaurants, including both patrons and staff, and reducing restaurant party sizes to a maximum of six. Outdoor dining and takeout are strongly encouraged.

There will also be a 50-person capacity for recreational venues like gyms, fitness centers, and museums -- however, this does not extend to faith-based gatherings.

Working from home is also encouraged in counties under the pause, Brown said. Private social get-togethers are supposed to be limited to a maximum of six people, if including more than one household.

On Thursday, Oregon recorded 805 cases, more than 200 cases over our previous record. On Friday, Oregon Health Authority reported more than 700 new cases.

Watch the full conference here:

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