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Several Counties Ask Governor Brown To Reconsider COVID-19 Metrics, Restrictions

Under Extreme risk level for COVID-19 some businesses must curtail services or shut. Multiple county governments are asking Gov Kate Brown to reconsider High and Extreme risk metrics and  associated restrictions.
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Under Extreme risk level for COVID-19 some businesses must curtail services or shut. Multiple county governments are asking Gov Kate Brown to reconsider High and Extreme risk metrics and  associated restrictions.

More than 75 Oregon county commissioners call on Gov. Kate Brown to reconsider

More than 75 Oregon county commissioners-- along with business advocates-- have penned a letter to Governor Kate Brown. They’re requesting reconsideration of the state’s approach to COVID-19 mitigation measures and restrictions.

The same day Governor Brown announced Lane County would move to Extreme risk for COVID-19 restrictions, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved their letter. Another missive now includes four pages of signatures from multiple counties, including Lane.  Vonnie Mikkelsen is President and CEO of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. She wants the governor to expedite revisions of current risk metrics so small businesses can still operate. 

“We need some support and we’re looking to her to provide a path and solution to reopen our economy," Mikkelsen said. "Not in two weeks, not in a week and certainly not by the end of June.”
 
The letter states Oregon has not seen an instance of a super spreader event tied to the hospitality industry. It also asks that “all effort and momentum be put into vaccinations.”Read the full letter to Governor Brown from the Association for Oregon Counties and Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association here

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Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.