Governor Kate Brown has (again) extended the state’s COVID-19 emergency declaration by an additional two months.
The emergency declaration that Oregon’s currently operating under is set to expire on July 6. This new order, signed Tuesday, extends the declaration to September 4. Brown first declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19 on March 8, meaning this extension means Oregon is poised to spend at least six months under a state of emergency.
“When I first declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus, there were 14 cases of COVID-19 in Oregon,” said Brown in a press release. “Today, there have been over 8,600 cases, with over a quarter of those cases identified in the previous two weeks of June.”
Brown said the state, which has seen an expected—but concerning—rise in COVID-19 cases since counties began to reopen in May, is now “at a crossroads.”
“The individual choices each of us makes will decide whether Oregon either flattens the curve of new COVID-19 infections, or sees a devastating spike in cases that overwhelms our hospital capacity in the next month,” she said. “Oregon, you have a choice. You can help to save lives again. What happens next is up to all of us.”
Extending the state of emergency declaration effectively extends all of the executive orders Brown has issued since COVID-19 began spreading through Oregon. This includes orders around schools, childcare, social distancing, workplace restrictions, business closures, evictions, and other rules.
According to the press release, Brown will review all of these orders on September 4 before closing to again extend the state emergency declaration.