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Governor Brown outlines what Phase II will look like; county plans 'under review'

Governor Kate Brown held a press conference on Wednesday morning, finally releasing the details of Phase II for Oregon's plan to loosen coronavirus restrictions.

Posted: Jun 3, 2020 11:27 AM
Updated: Jun 3, 2020 6:21 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown called a press briefing on Wednesday morning, outlining the specifics of Oregon's plans for Phase II of loosening coronavirus restrictions.

All of the southern Oregon counties — Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, and Lake — have submitted plans to enter Phase II this week, and all of them are listed as "under review" by the Governor's office and the Oregon Health Authority. Most have requested to enter the new phase on Friday.

“I want to say thank you to each and every Oregonian who has made sacrifices to protect the health and safety of our communities,” said Governor Brown. “Your leadership –– you choosing to be both kind and smart –– is why we have been able to start the reopening process.”

According to Brown, Phase II will include the following components:

  • Extending possible open hours for bars and restaurants from a 10 p.m. curfew to midnight (Guidance for food service)
  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys and arcades allowed to reopen (Guidance for entertainment facilities)
  • Some recreational sports can resume
  • Pools reopening under strict distancing and sanitation requirements (Guidance for pools and sports facilities)
  • Church, social, and civic gatherings can be larger — likely up to 50 indoors, 100 outdoors for most gatherings, up to 250 people with a large enough space of 35 square feet per person. This aspect of Phase II is still being developed.
  • Expanded in-office work for businesses that have previously gone remote is optional.

Effective June 3, zoos, museums, and outdoor gardens can reopen for small parties of people with enforced physical distancing. Professional and collegiate sports teams will also be able to return to training at their facilities with distancing and sanitation measures.


CLICK HERE to watch the full press briefing with Governor Brown


Up until Wednesday, the details of Phase II still had not been outlined by state officials, beyond still-evolving draft plans. The stated goals were to expand acceptable gathering sizes, allow a return to some in-office work, and limited visits to long-term care facilities.

Counties have been required to submit for eligibility to enter Phase II after 21 days under Phase I — affirming that they have continued to meet the requirements for Phase I, have sufficient contact tracers to quickly investigate new cases, and have enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders.

“Any reopening comes with risk. That’s just a fact of life right now," Brown said. "So we need to reduce the risk that comes with reopening. So, fellow Oregonians, you have another chance to shine. A chance to show that you are looking out for your friends, family, and neighbors.”

At the press conference, Oregon Health Authority director Patrick Allen said that the state would expand COVID-19 testing recommendations to include testing of asymptomatic people from historically underserved communities.

OHA public health officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger reinforced that Phase II will likely last through the summer and into fall for all of Oregon, until a vaccine or widely-available treatment has been developed.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 9294

Reported Deaths: 209
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah230169
Marion156447
Washington144620
Clackamas77324
Umatilla6204
Union3471
Lincoln3272
Deschutes1920
Lane1803
Linn1549
Polk14912
Malheur1401
Jackson1310
Yamhill1318
Jefferson1260
Klamath1231
Hood River880
Benton835
Wasco751
Morrow721
Clatsop490
Douglas440
Coos410
Josephine411
Columbia310
Lake190
Tillamook120
Crook110
Wallowa100
Curry70
Baker40
Grant10
Harney10
Sherman10
Gilliam00
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 246550

Reported Deaths: 6265
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Los Angeles1077923457
Riverside18720465
San Diego15207377
Orange15065354
San Bernardino13152265
Imperial6824100
Alameda6384138
Fresno562677
Kern493977
Santa Clara4750159
Tulare4521133
San Joaquin429855
San Francisco371950
Sacramento355969
San Mateo3376108
Contra Costa332678
Santa Barbara326129
Ventura324047
Kings258332
Marin244619
Stanislaus239144
Monterey174815
Solano147625
Sonoma12299
Merced120811
Placer75411
San Luis Obispo6752
Yolo58324
Madera5665
Santa Cruz4103
Napa3444
San Benito2572
Lassen2340
Butte2063
El Dorado2060
Sutter2063
Humboldt1384
Shasta1354
Nevada1231
Glenn1220
Yuba1031
Tehama881
Lake850
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Calaveras530
Del Norte511
Tuolumne430
Mono411
Inyo321
Siskiyou310
Mariposa271
Amador260
Plumas110
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
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