Oregon orders two-week ‘freeze’ throughout state amid ‘alarming spike’ in Covid instances and hospitalizations

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Portland, Ore.

Cathy Cheney | Portland Enterprise Journal | AP

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Friday introduced a “two-week freeze” on most actions and nonessential enterprise throughout the state to curb what she described as an “alarming spike” in coronavirus instances and hospitalizations.

The brand new restrictions, that are set to start out Wednesday and run by means of Dec. 2, limits eating places to takeout service solely; limits retailers, grocery shops and pharmacies to 75% capability; closes gyms, health facilities and indoor and out of doors occasion facilities; limits attendance at locations of worship and requires different companies to make use of distant work as a lot as doable, Brown said at a news briefing.

“One week in the past, I introduced a two-week pause on social actions to sluggish the unfold of Covid-19 in a number of of our counties throughout the state,” Brown mentioned. “Sadly, since then, we have seen an alarming spike in each instances and Covid-19 hospitalizations.”

The brand new restrictions additionally restrict social gatherings to 2 households or a most of six individuals, Brown added. She mentioned “some Covid-19 hot-spot counties” will stay within the freeze for longer than two weeks and other people ought to be ready for that.

Brown additionally urged all residents to put on a masks on a regular basis, each indoors and outdoor, besides when consuming and ingesting.

“The proof may be very, very clear that masks save lives,” she mentioned.

The brand new restrictions are along with the coronavirus travel advisory, which was collectively issued by the governors of California, Oregon and Washington earlier on Friday. That advisory urges individuals arriving of their states to self-quarantine for 14 days. It additionally asks residents to keep away from all nonessential journey out of the state.

Within the spring, the Covid-19 outbreak prompted widespread restrictions and stay-at-home orders. Because the virus resurges this fall, state and metropolis officers have taken extra focused motion to deal with the rise in instances and hospitalizations. Chicago on Thursday introduced a stay-at-home advisory for all residents. New York, New Jersey and several other different states have gone the route of implementing a curfew for eating places and bars.

However Oregon’s new restrictions are among the many most sweeping actions taken this fall to curb the unfold of the coronavirus.

“If this all sounds acquainted to our Keep House, Save Lives order I issued again in March, that is as a result of it’s,” she mentioned. “The cycle of this virus is such that we’re seeing case charges topping 1,000 per day now and meaning our hospitals are headed for some very darkish days forward.”

Nevertheless, the brand new restrictions differ from these seen in March in significant methods, Brown mentioned. Private service suppliers, corresponding to bodily therapists, chiropractors and medical spas will stay open underneath the present restrictions, she mentioned. The state’s parks and playgrounds can even stay open for out of doors recreation, she added.

Faculties “that meet the metrics” and youngster care can even stay open, she mentioned.

“I do know it is laborious, and I do know everyone is weary, however we are attempting to cease this ferocious virus from spreading much more shortly and much huge and to avoid wasting lives,” she mentioned. “We have achieved it earlier than. We are able to do it once more.”

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon state epidemiologist, mentioned Covid-19 hospitalizations are up 50% previously week and 100% over the previous month. He added that the Portland space is among the many hardest hit. He mentioned as of three:30 native time on Thursday, solely 15 staffed ICU beds have been out there within the metro space.

“Covid-19 is spreading at an escalating and alarming price,” he mentioned. “At present, the state of affairs dealing with Oregon hospitals is trying more and more grim.”

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