After over 7 weeks with our stay home order, the Governor stated, we have seen that it works and because of it we have had 70,000 less infections and 1500 less hospitalizations. While we have issued new guidance in several areas, they expect to issue transit, summer camp and summer school standards very soon. Most retail businesses weren't required to close during this time period, but many did anyway, we issued guidance on how those businesses should operate moving forward. Also, it is important everyone that can work from home should work from home. Of our 36 counties, 33 of them applied to reopen and 28 have been approved. Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties (Portland Metro area) did not apply to reopen. The five that were not approved - three of them, Jefferson, Umatilla, and Morrow, OHA is still working with them on their application and could be approved soon. Marion and Polk were denied because neither of them met the criteria to actually reopen. Both of them have had an increase in both hospital cases and infection rates, and many of the new cases have been untraced to a source. This is different than Clatsop County who had an uptick but was able to trace the issue to one facility and should be under control (Clatsop will be reopened for phase 1). Both Marion and Polk counties will continue to talk with OHA and their applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis. Outside of the eight counties listed here, the rest are able to reopen with the guidance for each business sector. To get to phase 2, each county will have to wait for a minimum of 21 days. In those counties approved for phase 1, this will allow the following business to reopen following the Governor's guidelines - restaurant and bars to have sit down service, personal care business, and gyms under limited capacity. Also in these counties public gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed if you can keep to physical distance requirements.
The Governor made it clear that we will likely see an uptick in infections as we reopen and stated life as we "knew" it will not be back until there is a good treatment or vaccine. If we see a significant spike a county could move back to the stay at home order depending on the situation. When asked if someone in a "closed" county could travel for service to an "open" county, the Governor stated we hope this doesn't occur and people are thoughtful and considerate of their neighbors.
The Emergency Board of the Legislature will meet tomorrow from 1pm to 3pm. They will be getting reports from both the Department of Administrative Service and Legislative Fiscal Office on Federal Relief Funds that has come to the State already.
As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or comments. If for some reason you don't have it, my cell phone is always the best if you want to talk: 503.510.3371 or email is always good too. We are still working from home at this time.
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