Gov. Brown rolls back Umatilla, Morrow counties due to fast COVID-19 spread – KTVZ

Umatilla to stay at home status, Morrow to Stage 1

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ)– Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced late Thursday that Umatilla County will be moved from Phase 2 back to a Baseline Stay Home status, while Morrow County will be transferred to Phase 1 status, both effective at noon Friday.

Brown continued, “If we do not act immediately, we could see the infection spread a lot more rapidly, infecting and eliminating more neighborhood members. I know that this is hard news for company owner and working families in the area.”

COVID-19 has actually spread out rapidly in the two counties over the previous month, the guv noted Both counties had actually been placed on the states Watch List on July 3 and received extra support from state public health officials.

” COVID-19 has actually spread significantly in both Umatilla and Morrow Counties for the past month,” Brown stated. “My heart heads out to the families in Morrow County, Umatilla County, and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation who have actually been affected by this disease.”

COVID-19 Information for Umatilla County

Umatilla County has more cases of COVID-19 per capita than any other Oregon county, at 234 cases per 10,000 people.
The county has a weekly test positivity rate of 23%, far above the state average.
In the last 2 weeks, the county has reported approximately 51 brand-new cases each day.
About 45% of cases in Umatilla County in the last week are sporadic cases that can not be traced back to a recognized source.
COVID-19 spread in the county advanced from early break outs linked to social and family gatherings to break outs in big food processing facilities, in addition to other farming settings, offices, nursing houses, reformatories, and amongst healthcare providers.
The Oregon Health Authority provided 7 case investigators and 29 contact tracers to Umatilla County on June 26, and has actually continued to support the county with case detectives and contact tracers considering that.

COVID-19 Update for Morrow County

Morrow County has 213 cases per 10,000 individuals.
The county has a weekly test positivity rate of 30%, far above the state average.
Morrow County has actually reported approximately 7 new cases each day over the last two weeks.
Roughly 52% of all cases from the recently were erratic cases that could not be traced back to a recognized source.
The break out in Morrow County first began with celebrations but that then caused cases linked to large food processing centers and agricultural facilities.
The Oregon Health Authority deployed 2 case detectives and 1 public details officer to Morrow County on July 18.

These modifications in county reopening status will be in effect for 21 days. The governors workplace, along with public health experts, will examine the situation and information on a weekly basis and act appropriately, in close communication with county leaders.

” After weeks of attempting other procedures to get the disease under control, our only option is to temporarily close specific businesses and other neighborhood features,” Brown said. “I am confident that these measures will assist the community control the spread of COVID-19 quickly.”

In Baseline Stay Home status, the following procedures use:

In Phase 1, leisure and youth sports, locations like theater, bowling alleys, arcades, and swimming pools stay closed. Non-essential regional travel is enabled. Individual services organizations are permitted to operate with health and wellness measures in place.

This implies that indoor events, consisting of faith-based, cultural and civic events are restricted to 50 inside and 50 outdoors.

Complete Phase 1 assistance is readily available here, and all statewide events assistance is available here.

Bars and dining establishments are open for dine-in service until 10 pm with health and security steps in location. Indoor social gatherings stay capped at 10 people with physical distancing, with other gatherings restricted to 50 indoors, 50 outdoors.

All individuals ought to stay and reduce all non-essential travel at their house or home as much as possible.
All organizations and non-profits need to implement work-from-home or telework policies for staff members to the optimum extent possible.
Civic, cultural, and faith-based gatherings are restricted to 25 individuals
All indoor and outdoor celebrations are limited to 10 people.
Grocery stores and retail, museums, pharmacies, banks and cooperative credit union, and gasoline station stay open.
Dining establishments must move to take-out or delivery only.
Health clubs, shopping centers, places, outdoor and indoor entertainment facilities, and personal services organizations need to close.
Recreational and youth sports are no longer permitted.
Swimming pools, day spas, sports courts, and play areas must close.