Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury speaking at a March 12 press conference.
Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury speaking at a March 12 press conference. Motoya Nakamura / Multnomah County

Coming up at 1 pm today (Thursday, May 14), Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury will lead a Zoom press conference with state medical experts to answer reporters' questions about when Multnomah County can expect to reopen. Gov. Kate Brown previously announced that on this Friday May 15, Oregon counties can submit applications for a "Phase One" reopening, which could be accepted if the county passed certain public health thresholds. From the story about the Governor's announcement from our Blair Stenvick:

[Reopening criteria] includes a declining rate of COVID-19 infections, a testing capacity of at least 30 tests per 10,000 residents each day, access to personal protective equipment (PPE) supply at all hospitals. Each county will need to have robust "contact tracing," or tracking who each person who tests positive for COVID-19 has come into contact with to limit its spread.

A majority of Oregon counties are applying to reopen, but Multnomah County has not applied yet. Today's press conference should provide insight about when Multnomah County can expect to reopen, and the challenges we face. Joining Kafoury in the conversation will be Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vine and other county public health officials.

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WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE HERE, SCHEDULED TO BEGIN AT 1 PM TODAY.