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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.

Cases: 314841

Reported Deaths: 3624
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah51325643
Washington35086277
Marion32748396
Clackamas26680275
Lane24145248
Jackson21050257
Deschutes16703103
Umatilla12736125
Douglas10795188
Linn1051487
Josephine8685169
Yamhill752099
Klamath651892
Polk629171
Malheur485567
Benton463728
Coos420669
Columbia325439
Jefferson315347
Lincoln277930
Union274838
Wasco242339
Crook213639
Clatsop213225
Tillamook182023
Baker176123
Morrow168621
Curry167817
Hood River163435
Harney82319
Grant7848
Lake6988
Wallowa50811
Gilliam1374
Sherman1283
Wheeler651
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4651497

Reported Deaths: 68087
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles144634825870
Riverside3583834802
San Diego3502674021
San Bernardino3475745507
Orange3150815355
Sacramento1507202105
Santa Clara1407321841
Kern1362881521
Fresno1361631889
Alameda1164051330
Ventura978991120
San Joaquin975341615
Contra Costa95858924
Stanislaus808921235
Tulare73111896
San Mateo52311607
San Francisco52008605
Monterey49485565
Solano44247312
Santa Barbara43189500
Sonoma39476378
Merced39446536
Placer36612364
Imperial34285755
Kings30179285
San Luis Obispo28351313
Madera21749263
Butte21379231
Shasta20763279
Santa Cruz20176211
Yolo19192239
Marin17127242
El Dorado16037127
Sutter13122153
Napa1228795
Yuba928061
Nevada850185
Humboldt831988
Tehama827784
San Benito709567
Mendocino691176
Lassen637927
Tuolumne616993
Lake605887
Amador493059
Glenn399030
Siskiyou391541
Calaveras342766
Del Norte339034
Colusa291018
Inyo166739
Mono14935
Plumas12406
Mariposa100712
Trinity72610
Modoc6278
Unassigned2120
Sierra1980
Alpine1000
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