CORONAVIRUS, Government, Washington County

State officials urge limiting gatherings, enact “pause” restrictions on five counties

A face mask. File photo: Chas Hundley

With climbing numbers of COVID-19 being recorded with no slowing down in sight, Oregon is walking toward the limits of hospital capacity in the Portland Metro area, a scenario public health officials have been trying to avoid since the first lockdown order in Oregon was enacted in March. 

“Last night, hospitals in the Portland metro reported they are at or over 90% of ICU capacity,” said Oregon Health Authority Public Health Director Rachael Banks during a press conference on Friday afternoon. 

According to Banks, the rise in case counts and staffing shortages are driving the capacity crunch. 

Health authorities warned that as colder weather moves in, so do people, holding gatherings in enclosed spaces, sharing air with friends and family outside of their immediate household, creating an environment . . .

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