Gov to Unveil New Measures to Stem ‘Alarming’ Covid-19 Spike

Gov. Kate Brown said she will hold a press conference Friday to announce new measures to address what she called “Oregon’s alarming spike in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations.”

Brown will be joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Health & Science University. The press availability will be at noon Friday, Nov. 13, and will be live-streamed on YouTube here.

The OHA reported yet another record Thursday with 1,122 new confirmed and presumtive cases of the novel coronavirus. It was the first time the count eclipsed the 1,000 mark and the highest number of cases reported in a single day since the pandemic reached Oregon in February.

“Social gatherings continue to act as a catalyst for Covid-19 transmission,” health officials said. “For example, a portion of this week’s rising cases can be attributed to at least five Halloween events, from small social gatherings to a party attended by more than 100 people.”

Brown has already ordered nine counties — including Clackamas — to observe a “two-week pause,” placing further restrictions on long-term care facilities, restaurants, gyms and other businesses, and limiting social gatherings of mixed households to no more than six.

Health officials urge Oregonians to limit the size and frequency of social gatherings, and keep the same six people in your social gathering circle to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the virus.

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