The Portland metro area of Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah Counties will not move forward into Phase 2 of Oregon’s reopening framework. The earliest the tri-county area was eligible to apply was July 10 but officials have decided the community is not ready.
Officials said they are looking at:
- Increase in cases
- Percent of positive tests
- Number of cases that can’t be linked to other cases
- Trend in increased hospitalizations
Washington County is increasing contract tracing efforts and helping those who are infected with COVID-19 to stay isolated and prevent the spread.
Public health officials continue to remind people to wear face coverings, keep their social circles small, stay close to home and wash their hands.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown also announced a new face coverings requirement in any outdoor space where you can not maintain physical distance from people outside your household. She also put a ban on indoor social gatherings of 10 or more people. This move does not affect business operations.