|Clackamas County delayed in reopening to Phase 2 posted on 07/01/2020|
New modeling of the coronavirus released by the Oregon
Health Authority (OHA) and the Institute for Disease Modeling in late June
revealed it is spreading more rapidly in the state. The model, based on data
through June 18, predicted that daily case levels could rise as much as 20
"We know that COVID-19 is in our communities,"
said Dean Sidelinger, MD, Oregon state health officer, in a press release.
"This latest model provides us with a sobering reminder that we all need
to guard against continued spread, especially as we continue to reopen and the
weather gets warmer.
"Think hard about your choice of activities, especially
as we get close to the Fourth of July holiday,” he added. “Ask yourself: how
can I reduce my risk and the risk I might pose to people around me?"
As of Friday, June 26, OHA reported a total of 7,818 cases
of the coronavirus in Oregon, including 665 cases and 24 deaths in Clackamas
As of Tuesday, June 23, the county had 8.45 trained case
investigators, with eight others hired and in training, and 3.4 trained contact
tracers, with 9.2 others hired and training.
Clackamas County Commissioners sent a letter to Governor
Kate Brown on Thursday, June 18 that requested approval for the county to move
into Phase II of reopening. Brown, however, grouped Clackamas County with
Multnomah and Washington Counties as a tri-county area that must remain in
Phase 1 of reopening until at least Friday, July 10.
“I know this impacts communities and businesses in Clackamas
and Washington counties but, as we reopen our state, we must recognize how
interconnected the metro area is,” Brown said in a press release.
Brown also announced that people in that tri-county area, in
addition to Hood River, Marion, Polk and Lincoln counties, are also required to
wear face coverings while in indoor public spaces, including grocery stores and
other businesses, starting on Wednesday, June 24.
Clackamas County Chair Jim Bernard issued a statement
stressing that the health of the county’s residents remains the top priority
and the county is working to prepare for Phase 2.
“We understand that many are ready to return to normal life,
get back to work, and gather with our friends, loved ones and community,”
Bernard said. “It is understandable that some are disappointed that we are not
moving into Phase II. Yet, we cannot ignore the increase in cases of COVID-19
and the alarming projections of how many more people would get sick if we
continued into Phase II reopening.”
The county reopened its primary service buildings, the
Development Services Building (DSB) and the Public Services Building (PSB), to
the public during limited hours on Monday, June 22. Both buildings are open to
the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday, offering services
including Assessment and Taxation, Business and Community Services and more.
Other county departments continue to offer virtual services.
Residents are encouraged to contact departments regarding services at
www.clackamas.us/departments for clarification regarding open services.
For information on Clackamas County’s preparations to enter
into Phase II visit: www.clackamas.us/coronavirus/reopening.
OHA recommendations on what you can do to suppress the
– Stay 6 feet away from other people.
– Wear a mask.
– Avoid large gatherings, and if you are in a group setting
(like a holiday barbeque) stay outside,
keep your distance and use a face covering when you’re not eating.
– Wash your hands frequently.
– Stay home if you’re sick.
By Garth Guibord/MT