The Kate Brown government has ordered the rural district of Oregon with the worst outbreak of COVID-19 to stay home.
The renewed Housekeeping Code will take effect in Umatilla County on July 31 at 12:00 noon. This is the first time the governor has withdrawn a district from reopening.
“After weeks of trying more disease control measures, our only option is to temporarily close certain businesses and other community facilities,” Brown said in a July 30 statement. “I hope these measures will help the community quickly control the spread of COVID-19.”
Restaurants in Umatilla County only need to be moved for pickup and delivery. And the following businesses have to close: “gyms, shopping malls, venues, indoor and outdoor entertainment facilities and personal service businesses”.
Meanwhile, Morrow County must return to Phase 1.
In the district of Umatilla, which includes the cities of Hermiston and Pendleton, the virus recovered for most of July. how WW reported earlier this month, Umatilla County had a higher number of cases than Arizona, the state that experienced the worst outbreak in the country.
The Governor’s Office provided a list of facts about the district, including:
The governor’s office says the Oregon Health Authority assigned seven case investigators and 29 contact persons to Umatilla County in early July 26.
Morrow County has only a slightly lower number of cases: 213 cases per 10,000 people. The positivity rate is higher than Umatilla’s, indicating a wider focus: 30%. However, the number of new cases per day is lower: seven.
The OHA assisted the district with two case investigators and one public information officer.