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Starting Wednesday, residents in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Hood River, Marion, Polk and Lincoln counties will have to wear masks in indoor commercial settings, in line with the fast-swelling ranks of cities, counties and states around the country.
The Oregon Health Authority undereported Multnomah County's COVID-19 hospitalization numbers to Gov. Kate Brown, but the plan to reopen the county will move forward regardless.
Starting next Wednesday, residents will be required to wear masks in indoor public places in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Hood River, Marion, Polk and Lincoln counties.
Gov. Kate Brown said she expects to call a second special session later this summer to deal with state budget cuts.
Gov. Kate Brown said her decision is a cautionary “yellow light” to keep the state from moving forward too quickly in reopening.
Public records reveal tension between political and health concerns at the highest levels of Oregon's government in late April, as reopening plans were finalized.
Thirty-one Oregon counties are expected to move into the next phase of reopening, where they could stay for some time. Multnomah County hopes to enter Phase 1 a week from Friday.
The state of Oregon is open for business again, but not in the way Gov. Kate Brown hoped.
Thirty-one Oregon counties in mostly rural areas will move into the first phase of reopening after the state shut down in March to stop the spread of COVID-19.