Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that she is extending Oregon's state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic for another 60 days, until at least November 3. The state of emergency is what allows Brown to issue executive orders requiring individuals, businesses, and schools to take coronavirus-related health precautions.
This is the third time Brown has extended the state of emergency—which first began on March 8—by 60 days.
"Together, we have slowed the spread of this disease," Brown said in a media release. "Oregon has one of the lowest mortality rates in the country. But, as students across Oregon begin a school year far different than any other before, it is clear that, at current COVID-19 levels, it will not be safe in much of the state for children to return to in-classroom instruction for months to come."
The extension comes one day after Brown announced she would also extend a moratorium on home and commercial foreclosures through the end of the year. However, a moratorium placed on evictions for failure to pay rent is still set to expire next month.
In her press statement, Brown warned that the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend could exacerbate Oregon's case count.
"Please, stay local this Labor Day, and practice safe COVID-19 habits," Brown said. "Wear a face covering, watch your physical distance, and wash your hands."