Portland, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will announced a two-week pause on social activities in counties were COVID-19 transmission is on the rise.
The new measures will be in effect for two weeks, from November 11th through November 25th in Malheur, Marion, Multnomah, Jackson and Umatilla counties.
The new measures include:
The two-week pause is for counties with a case rate above 200 per 100,000 people over a two-week period, or more than 60 cases over a two-week period for counties with less than 30,000 people.
Five more counties – Washington, Baker, Union, Clackamas and Linn – are close to the COVID-19 thresholds.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will examine their COVID-19 metrics on Monday to determine if those counties should be added to the two-week pause list.
On Friday, the OHA reported 770 new cases of the virus and six more deaths.
Governor Brown and state health officials said the virus is spreading through the state an unprecedented rate due in large part to “in-person, indoor social gatherings.” The new measures are an effort to stop the spread and save lives.