WashCo, ClackCo added to Two-Week Pause list

Four counties join five others already on list

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Both Washington and Clackamas Counties have been added to Oregon’s Two-Week Pause list in response to the rise in coronavirus cases in the region.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Monday four more counties would be added to the group: Washington, Clackamas, Baker and Union.

While on the Two-Week Pause list, counties must put a halt to social activities to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The counties on the list must “pause” from November 11 through November 25.

Multnomah County, the state’s most populated county, was put on the list last week along with five others: Jackson, Malheur, Marion, Multnomah and Umatilla.

“As we continue to see alarmingly high case rates reflective of sporadic community spread, now is the time to implement measures to further reduce gatherings and curb human contact,” Brown said Monday. “The Two-Week Pause measures are designed to reduce the amount of people we interact with and the frequency of those encounters. We all must continue to do our part to stop this virus from spreading, particularly limiting our social gatherings and interactions, or we risk further closures and restrictions.”

According to state officials, The Two-Week Pause is being instituted in counties with a case rate above 200 per 100,000 people over a two-week period, or more than 60 cases over a two-week period for counties with less than 30,000 people.

The Two-Week Pause measures include:

  • Urging all businesses to mandate work from home to the greatest extent possible.
  • Pausing long-term care facility visits that take place indoors to protect staff and residents.
  • Reducing maximum restaurant capacity to 50 people (including customers and staff) for indoor dining, with a maximum party size of six. Continuing to encourage outdoor dining and take out.
  • Reducing the maximum capacity of other indoor activities to 50 people (includes gyms, fitness organizations/studios, bowling alleys, ice rinks, indoor sports, pools, and museums).
  • Limiting social gatherings to your household, or no more than six people if the gathering includes those from outside your household, reducing the frequency of those social gatherings (significantly in a two-week period), and keeping the same six people in your social gathering circle. 

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