Severity: Critical Alert
Transportation: As of April 9, officials in Oregon, US, extend orders banning in-person services and gatherings until further notice.
The locations affected by this alert are:
- Portland, Oregon
- Medford, Oregon
- Eugene, Oregon
- Bend-Redmond, Oregon
- North Bend, Oregon
- Newport, Oregon
- Klamath Falls, Oregon
- Hermiston, Oregon
This alert began 09 Apr 2020 21:08 GMT and is scheduled to expire 08 May 2020 23:59 GMT.
- Event: COVID-19 Restrictions
- Location(s): Oregon (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Movement restrictions, significant business and transport disruptions, heightened security
As of April 9, Oregon Governor Katherine Brown extended orders that ban in-person food consumption and gatherings until further notice, as part of the state's efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The orders, initially set until April 14, stipulate that restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other food and beverage establishments can only operate for deliveries and pickups. All gatherings of 25 people or more will remain banned. Authorities have also extended the cancellation of in-person classes at schools, colleges, and universities through the end of the school year.
Orders requiring residents to stay at home and nonessential businesses to close also remain in place, until further notice. Residents may only leave their homes to obtain basic goods, attend to a medical issue, care for a person in need, perform recreational outdoor activities while maintaining a proper distance from others, or to go to work at an essential business or service. Pharmacies, grocery stores, fuel stations, and healthcare facilities will remain open, while nonessential businesses can only operate with employees working from home.
Significant transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measures. Officials could amend the orders in short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.
Background and Analysis
The measures taken by Oregon authorities are similar to actions adopted by other governments in the US and globally in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in the areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.
WHO coronavirus knowledge base: www.who.int
State of Oregon - Coronavirus Updates: govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19
State of Oregon - Stay at Home Guidelines: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19