Gov. Brown extends COVID-19 state of emergency declaration in Oregon until May 2

(KPTV) – Governor Kate Brown announced Thursday that she is extending the state of emergency declaration in Oregon until May 2.

The previous executive order regarding the COVID-19 pandemic was set to expire on March 3. The extension is for an additional 60 days from that time.

The declaration is the legal underpinning for the governor’s COVID-19 executive orders and the Oregon Health Authority’s health and safety guidance, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

That includes the risk-based guidelines and closures for each county in Oregon.

On Tuesday, it was announced that five counties would be under the extreme risk level, 11 in high risk, 10 at moderate risk and 10 at lower risk. Those risk levels become effective on Friday.

“Throughout the pandemic, Oregonians have made smart choices that have protected our families and loved ones, and saved thousands of lives. We helped our doctors, nurses, and health care workers from being overwhelmed last spring, and again during the winter surge. Our infection and mortality rates have consistently remained some of the lowest in the country. And, for the first time, COVID-19 critical care units are seeing fewer and fewer patients,” Brown said in a statement.

There have been 2,194 deaths and 154,062 cases linked to the coronavirus in Oregon during the pandemic. There have been more than 3.3 million negative tests statewide.

Oregon has now administered a total of 858,481 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

“As we vaccinate thousands of Oregonians each day and reopen more school buildings and businesses as safely as possible, now is not the time to let up our guard. New, more infectious COVID-19 variants are circulating in the United States, including several confirmed cases in Oregon” Brown said. “We will continue to keep each other safe in the months to come by following the same safety measures we have throughout the pandemic—wearing face coverings, staying home when sick, maintaining physical distance, and avoiding social gatherings.”

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