What happens in the next few weeks depends on what each of us does today. Everyone can play their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19, protecting our most vulnerable Oregonians, and making sure our health systems can handle this pandemic. What we do to practice social distancing now will save people’s lives.
Governor Brown announces additional measures to slow the spread of COVID-19
Governor Kate Brown today announced new measures to flatten the curve of coronavirus transmission in Oregon. The new orders on social distancing measures are effective tomorrow, March 17, for at least four weeks, and they include:
A statewide cancelation of all events and gatherings larger than 25 people — exempting essential locations like workplaces, grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail stores. It’s additionally recommended that Oregonians avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.
Restaurants, bars, and other establishments may not offer food or beverages for on-site consumption; they are restricted to carry-out and delivery only.
Food service at health care facilities, workplaces, and other essential facilities will continue.
All other businesses are urged to assess their practices, implement strong social distancing measures, and close their doors temporarily if they cannot put the new guidance in place.
The Governor has also established a Coronavirus Economic Advisory Council to examine ways to mitigate the impacts of new social distancing measures and anything else that adversely affects Oregon’s economy.
For more information, watch the press conference.
Take care of your mental health
We know that the uncertainty around COVID-19 has caused a lot of stress and anxiety for Oregonians. That stress is very real. If you’re struggling, here are some things you can do to take care of your mental health. And if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please know that help is available. For a list of local and national mental health resources, go to OHA’s website.
OHA announces eight new COVID-19 cases
Oregon now has a total of 47 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority announced eight new cases of the novel coronavirus as of 10:30 a.m. today.
OHA is reporting 2 new cases in both Benton and Deschutes Counties and 1 new case in each of the following counties: Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah and Washington.