Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that she will veto a number of budget adjustments passed by legislators last month to fight the ongoing wildfires ravaging the state.
But the vetoes will also snatch back $100 million legislators had earmarked for emergency spending on the pandemic.
The Oregon Health Authority announced 151 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 and two deaths, bringing the virus' toll in the state to 511.
Gov. Kate Brown emphasized the importance of continuing to follow COVID-19 guidelines. “Protect your neighbors by wearing a face covering, keeping distance & washing hands,” she wrote on Twitter.
It’s hard to believe this can all happen at once, but in addition to the wildfire crisis, COVID-19 is still very much with us. This weekend, Oregon passed the grim milestone of 500 COVID deaths. Protect your neighbors by wearing a face covering, keeping distance & washing hands.— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) September 13, 2020
Oregon releases few identifying details of those who die of the virus, a concession to privacy concerns, but it did share some facts about the people whose COVID-19 deaths were announced Monday. They were:
- An 87-year-old Lane County man who tested positive on Sept. 1 and died at his home Sept. 13.
- A 92-year-old Washington County woman who tested positive on Aug. 20.