CORONAVIRUS, Government, Oregon

Gov. Brown extends declaration of a state of emergency into 2021

A face mask. File photo: Chas Hundley

Governor Kate Brown has extended Oregon’s declaration of a state of emergency into 2021. 

The announcement came Tuesday, October 27 that the declaration would be extended by another 60 days, lasting until January 2, when it will almost certainly be extended further as the state sees a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The order was first made on March 8.

The declaration is an administrative and legal tool that allows Brown to make and maintain a number of subsequent emergency executive orders, such as those closing bars, shuttering schools, and more. 

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“As early as January of this year, the Oregon Health Authority began its COVID-19 preparedness efforts as cases spread overseas. Since then, more than 600 Oregonians and over 200,000 Americans have died from COVID . . .

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