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Oregon Puts County Reopenings on Weeklong Pause

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Demonstrators gathered at the state capitol to demand a reopening of the state and to protest Gov. Kate Brown's stay-at-home order which was put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (Terray Sylvester/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 12 June 2020 12:05 PM

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is putting a weeklong hold on plans to reopen parts of the state.

In a series of tweets, Brown announced she was temporarily halting reopening requests on Thursday after the Oregon Health Authority reported 178 new COVID-19 cases. The spike in cases is the largest number of positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic, local TV station KTVZ reports.

“This one-week pause will give public health experts time to assess what factors are driving the spread of the virus and determine if we need to adjust our approach to reopening,” Brown tweeted.

She called the hold a statewide “yellow light.”

“As we began reopening nearly a month ago, I was clear that reopening Oregon comes with risks, and that COVID-19 case counts would rise,” she wrote in another tweet. “We now see a significant increase in COVID-19 infections in counties across Oregon and it is cause for concern.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, officials have linked some of the new cases to an increase in testing and some recent outbreaks in workplaces.

Brown specifically called out Multnomah County in a tweet, writing that the county “does not currently meet the health and safety criteria to enter Phase I for decreasing hospitalizations, test positivity, and tracing of COVID-19 cases.”

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is putting a weeklong hold on plans to reopen parts of the state.
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Friday, 12 June 2020 12:05 PM
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