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Governor Kate Brown

Governor Kate Brown will hold a press conference Tuesday morning to announce the framework for what the state government is calling "Reopen Oregon." This is presumably the governor's plan to restore some sort of normalcy back to the state after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, with an emphasis on continuing to maintain social distancing measures until the coronavirus curve lowers to the point of few or zero deaths, followed by a slow, staggered rollout of businesses reopening across Oregon.

This press conference comes on the heels of yesterday's announcement that Brown, along with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, and California Governor Gavin Newsom have created a Western States pact "based on a shared approach" for reopening the economies of all three states. This includes prioritizing a "health outcomes and science" approach over politics—a not-so subtle dig at the Trump administration, whose initial refusal to deal with the crisis, and their continuing failure to develop a national plan has led to the virus spreading like wildfire across the country and, subsequently, scores of unnecessary deaths.

As an indicator of the governor's "health first" approach to the reopening, Brown will be joined at the press conference by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority and the Governor's Medical Advisory Panel.

WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE RIGHT HERE STARTING AT 11 AM TODAY.