Coronavirus infections have spiked since Oregon began reopening its economy on May 15, and new state modeling of infection rates and hospitalizations released Friday predicts the pandemic could spread dramatically by the end of July.
For businesses and residents hoping Portland area counties will move into Phase 2 of coronavirus reopening this week, county leaders have a message:
It’s not happening.
A forecast says the state could see 910 new daily infections by mid-July, with only a fraction identified, and 82 hospital admissions a day.
The Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday refused to release key statistics used to help justify and monitor Oregon counties allowed to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.
Multnomah County officials says they’re aiming to submit a Phase 1 reopening plan to the governor’s office on June 5 and gradually lift the coronavirus stay-home order starting June 12.
At least 23 counties have submitted proposals to Gov. Kate Brown's office to reopen starting on Friday.
Coronavirus infections in the metro area have largely spared Portland’s close-in neighborhoods and its most exclusive suburban enclaves, flourishing instead among people who live in far-flung suburbs and exploding in the Woodburn area of Marion County.
The state has ordered a Southeast Portland nursing home with the largest and deadliest coronavirus outbreak in Oregon to shut down.
An internal video obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive shows the director of the U.S.