Gov. Kate Brown ordered the Oregon rural district with the worst COVID-19 outbreak to stay home.
The renewed home stay order goes into effect in Umatila County on July 31 at noon. This is the first time the governor has withdrawn a county from opening.
“After weeks of trying other measures to control the disease, our only option is to temporarily close some businesses and other community facilities,”
Restaurants in Umatila County should only travel to take-off and delivery. And the following companies have to close: “gyms, malls, restaurants, indoor and outdoor entertainment facilities and personal service businesses.”
Meanwhile, Morrow County needs to return to phase 1.
Umatilla County, which includes the cities of Hermiston and Pendleton, has seen a resurgence of the virus that has continued for most of July. Like WW Earlier this month, Umatila County reported a higher number of cases than Arizona, a country experiencing the worst outbreak in the country.
The governor’s office provided a list of facts about the county, including:
The governor’s office says the Oregon Health Administration has appointed seven case investigators and 29 contact points to track Umatila County since July 26.
Morrow County has only a slightly lower frequency: 213 cases per 10,000 people. The degree of positivity is higher than that of Umatilla, which suggests a broader focus: 30%. But the number of new cases per day is smaller: seven.
The OHA assisted the county with two investigative cases and one public information officer.