Live updates: Oregon working on face covering guidelines for office workers

By Meerah Powell (OPB) and Courtney Sherwood (OPB)
Aug. 8, 2020 1 p.m. Updated: Aug. 8, 2020 7:47 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Friday said her office is working on guidelines to require face coverings in office workplaces.

Currently, face coverings are required statewide for indoor public businesses, but there are no specific guidelines for office settings.

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Brown said she’s talking with medical professionals to determine what guidelines would look like.

“I think the challenge is that you have a diversity of office settings and we want to make sure that people can remain safe regardless of the types of office settings,” Brown said.

She said she hopes to release those new guidelines in the coming weeks.

Oregon considers travel restrictions as COVID-19 diagnoses climb

Brown said Friday she’s discussing possible coronavirus-related travel restrictions, but she has not made any concrete decisions.

Brown said she’s been in touch with Dan Joyce, chair of Malheur County, which shares a border with Idaho, as well as Idaho Gov. Brad Little.

“My understanding is that the decisions about COVID-19 restrictions in Idaho are being left to county commissioners,” Brown said. “So I had a conversation earlier this week with Chair Joyce about him working collaboratively with his neighbors about appropriate restrictions in Malheur County and connection Idaho counties.”

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Regarding restricting travel from other states to Oregon, Brown said “conversations are still ongoing.”

“I’m continuing to have conversations with health experts and my medical advisory panel to really analyze how travel is impacting transmission,” Brown said. “These are really complex issues that require a lot of conversation and that’s what we’re having right now.”

She continued: “I know that some states, particularly on the East Coast, have imposed mandatory quarantine when you arrive from hot spots or return home from hot spots. Those are certainly all under consideration, but I haven’t made a final decision at this point.”

Oregon reports 355 new COVID-19 cases

Oregon passed 20,000 COVID-19 infections Thursday, and the number of people diagnosed with the coronavirus keeps growing. The Oregon Health Authority announced 355 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 diagnoses Saturday and seven new deaths.

The bulk of the new cases were in the Willamette Valley region with 87 in Multnomah County, 56 in Washington County and 47 in Marion County. Additionally, Umatilla County reported 27 new cases.

Since the start of the pandemic, 21,010 people have tested positive for or are presumed to have the virus in Oregon, and 355 people are known to have died with it.

Related: COVID-19 by the numbers

Clark County passes 2,000 diagnoses

Clark County, Washington, has now had more than 2,000 COVID-19 diagnoses. The state announced 26 more positive test results on Friday and one new death. That brings total diagnoses to 2,018, and deaths to 42.

Statewide, 60,917 people in Washington have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and 1,653 have died, according to the latest data available from the state.

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