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State reopens as pandemic wanes posted on 07/01/2021

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed an executive order on Friday, June 25 to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions issued under Oregon’s emergency statuses, ushering in a big step in the road to recovery. Restrictions were to be lifted either when the state achieves 70 percent of adults having received their first dose or on Wednesday, June 30, whichever came first.

“I’m proud of our collective efforts to vaccinate more than 2.3 million Oregonians,” Brown said in a press release. “It is because of this success that we can move Oregon forward, and into the next chapter of this pandemic. We are ready.”

With restrictions lifting, masks will not be required in most settings and there will be no capacity limits or physical distancing required.

On the same day, the Oregon Department of Education announced the Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework for the 2021-22 school year to help school districts prepare their staff and campuses for the next academic year. Included in the Framework is that the state’s public schools will return to full-time and in-person instruction next year.

“Working together, we can harness this opportunity to rekindle joy and learning in the classrooms, auditoriums, and playgrounds across Oregon,” said Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill in a press release.

“Oregon schools are ready to once again be vibrant places for learners, staff, and their families.”

Earlier in June, Clackamas County moved into the “lower risk” category, with the county having vaccinated 65 percent of residents aged 16 and older and submitted a vaccine equity plan to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

As of Friday, June 25, OHA reported 69.1 percent of Oregon’s adults received vaccinations, with an additional 31,264 needed to hit 70 percent. One additional COVID-19 related death was reported on that day, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,761, while 232 new confirmed cases were reported, bringing the state’s total to 207,787.

The state’s eviction moratorium was expected to expire on Wednesday, June 30, but a federal eviction moratorium is in place through the end of July. Renters can be protected through July if they complete the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Eviction Protection Declaration and provide it to their landlord. More information is available at https://www.cdc.gov.

By Garth Guibord/MT

 

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