Oregon governor won’t reopen economy without more testing

By Bradley W. Parks (OPB)
Portland, Ore. April 14, 2020 8:48 p.m. Updated: April 14, 2020 8:52 p.m.

Gov. Kate Brown said she’ll wait for the all-clear from public health officials before allowing businesses to reopen.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will not reopen the state economy until public health officials say it’s safe to do so, she announced Tuesday. Brown said she needs to see a drastic improvement in the state’s ability to test and isolate confirmed COVID-19 patients quickly.

The state’s testing capacity has been severely limited from the start. On April 11, the Oregon Health Authority had confirmed some 1,400 cases of COVID-19, but estimated the true number of cases at around 7,000.

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Caution tape closes off a swingset at Sellwood Park in Portland, Ore., on Monday, April 13, 2020. Many parks and public recreation areas have closed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Caution tape closes off a swingset at Sellwood Park in Portland, Ore., on Monday, April 13, 2020. Many parks and public recreation areas have closed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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“While we have to be careful, we also cannot stand still,” she said. “We all know this is a global problem and leaders across the world are struggling how to approach this.”

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