“This is good news, but we have a ways to go yet to meet the school reopening metrics,” says Dr. Jennifer Vines, Multnomah County health officer.
Unlike those in other states and countries besieged by the coronavirus pandemic, Oregon’s indoor eating and drinking establishments don’t appear to be risky places to catch COVID-19.
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Gov. Kate Brown's prevention strategy to prevent community spread has proven ineffective amid testing delays and some residents’ unwillingness to cooperate with investigators.
Younger people increasingly are contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in the county, with testing delays hampering contact-tracing efforts.
Trauma, economic inequality, inadequate translation and religious and cultural practices have contributed to the disproportionate spread of the virus among Somali, Congolese and Bhutanese refugees and Pacific Island populations.
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 her decision is a cautionary “yellow light” to keep the state from moving forward too quickly in reopening.
If the Oregon Health Authority gets the go-ahead, Multnomah County restaurants, bars, gyms and other public facilities could start reopening the following day.
Expressing solidarity with protesters who’ve marched nightly, Multnomah County officials said they plan to go forward with their reopening schedule.