Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday extended her state of COVID-19 emergency declaration for an additional 60 days, taking it through the end of the year.
“Extending the COVID-19 state of emergency is not something I do lightly, but we know all too well that not taking action would mean an even greater loss of life,” she said in a statement. “The second wave of COVID-19 has arrived in the United States, and this time it is hitting all of our communities.”
Brown said her goal is to “keep Oregon on track to open more schools for in-person instruction for our students — and to continue to reopen, and keep open, our businesses, communities, and economies.”
She urged Oregonians to continue to work together to minimize the spread of the virus by washing our hands, wearing face coverings, watching our physical distance, staying home when sick, and avoiding social get-togethers, especially indoors.
The state of emergency declaration is the legal underpinning for the executive orders Brown has issued including her orders on reopening Oregon while maintaining essential health and safety protections, as well as orders around childcare, schools, and higher education operations.
Extending the state of emergency declaration allows those orders to stay in effect.
She last extended the order in September.
The governor reviews and reevaluates each of her emergency orders every 60 days, to determine whether those orders should be continued, modified, or rescinded.
To date, Oregon has reported 42,808 cases of COVID-19 and 664 deaths.
Nearly 795,000 Oregonians have tested negative for the virus.