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Gov. Brown declares 2-week statewide freeze in bid to curb COVID-19 case spike

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Gov. Kate Brown speaks with reporters Fri about new restrictions aimed at slowing the sharp surge in COVID-19 cases

Crackdown includes enforcement: 'Unfortunately, we have no other choice'

(Update: More details of two-week freeze)

West Coast states issue travel advisories; Oregonians urged to avoid 'non-essential travel'

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday a statewide two-week “freeze” that includes limiting restaurants and bars to take-out only and shuttering gyms, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities.

The freeze, which will be in effect from Nov. 18 through Dec. 2, aims to limit group activities and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The state is experiencing a spike in daily case counts and reached record daily highs in confirmed cases and positivity rates in November.

Brown has long warned about implementing tighter restrictions if Oregon’s cases did not decrease. The latest set of restrictions are the most stringent since the start of the pandemic.

As part of the freeze, grocery stores, pharmacies and retail stores are limited to a maximum capacity of 75%. Faith-based organizations will also have their capacity reduced to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.

However, other facilities — gyms and fitness centers, museums, pools, sports courts, movie theaters, zoos, gardens, aquariums and venues — will have to close their doors completely.

Restaurants and bars, which had a capacity limit of 50-100 people depending on the county and curfew of 10 p.m., will now be limited to take-out only.

All businesses will be required to close their offices to the public and mandate work-from-home “to the greatest extent possible,” Brown said.

Lastly, both indoor and outdoor social get-togethers are limited to six people, total, from no more than two households. In the past, Brown has described social get-together measures as “self-enforced.”

“These risk reduction measures are critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19, reducing risk in communities more vulnerable to serious illness and death, and helping conserve hospital capacity so that all Oregonians can continue to have access to quality care,” the governor’s office said Friday.

The freeze does not apply to barber shops, hair salons, congregate homeless sheltering, outdoor recreation and sports, youth programs, childcare, and K-12 schools that are currently open.

Brown and the governors of California and Washington issued travel advisories Friday urging residents to avoid non-essential travel out-of-state and asking people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country.

Toward the end of the news conference, after explaining the delay until Wednesday is to give businesses time to prepare for full compliance, Brown was blunt in her message to Oregonians, after months of urging, even pleading for voluntary action in the past.

“In terms of individuals, I am not asking you -- I am telling you to stop your social gatherings, your informal social gatherings, and your house parties, and to limit your social interactions to six and under, not more than one household. And I'm asking that immediately.” Brown said.

"I will take stronger action as appropriate," she added. “I’ve already directed the superintendent of (Oregon) State Police to work with local law enforcement to legally enforce the informal social gathering orders.”

"I will be issuing an executive order regarding these restrictions, and as before, as always, these are enforceable by law," Brown said. "Law enforcement has the discretion to enforce these. They are Class C misdemeanors, and they can be enforced through a citation, a fine or through an arrest." (Class C misdemeanors carry a fine of up to $1,250.)

"Obviously, for the last eight months, I have been asking Oregonians to follow the letter and the spirit of the law, and we have chosen not to engage law enforcement," the governor said. "At this point in time, unfortunately, we have no other option."

News release from Gov. Brown:

Governor Kate Brown Announces Statewide Two-Week Freeze to Stop Rapid Spread of COVID-19

New measures take effect Wednesday, Nov. 18, in all Oregon counties

 (Portland, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced a statewide Two-Week Freeze, implementing new measures to limit gatherings and stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 across Oregon. The Two-Week Freeze measures will be in effect from Nov. 18 through Dec. 2, statewide. These risk reduction measures are critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19, reducing risk in communities more vulnerable to serious illness and death, and helping conserve hospital capacity so that all Oregonians can continue to have access to quality care.

“Since I announced a Two-Week Pause one week ago, we are seeing an alarming spike in both cases and hospitalizations,” said Governor Brown. “The virus is spreading in the community and, every day, it is infecting more and more Oregonians. This situation is dangerous and our hospitals have been sounding the alarms. If we want to give Oregon a fighting chance, we must take further measures to flatten the curve and save lives. I know this is hard, and we are weary. But we are trying to stop this ferocious virus from quickly spreading far and wide. And in Oregon, we actually can do this.

“Given the data and modeling we are seeing, my public health experts tell me that some counties will need longer to flatten the curve. So I want to be very clear that there are some COVID-19 hotspot counties that will likely need to stay in the Freeze for much longer than two weeks. Multnomah County, for example, will be in this Freeze for at least four weeks. Our actions right now, no matter where in the state you live, are critical.”

The Two-Week Freeze measures include:

  • Limiting social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households.
  • Limiting faith-based organizations to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors.
  • Limiting eating and drinking establishments to take-out and delivery only.
  • Closing gyms and fitness organizations.
  • Closing indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts.
  • Closing zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools.
  • Limiting grocery stores and pharmacies to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pickup.
  • Limiting retail stores and retail malls (indoor and outdoor) to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pickup.
  • Closing venues (that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events).
  • Requiring all businesses to mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and closing offices to the public.
  • Prohibiting indoor visiting in long-term care facilities (outdoor visitation permitted for supporting quality of life).

The Two-Week Freeze does not apply to or change current health and safety protocols for personal services (such as barber shops, hair salons, and non-medical massage therapy), congregate homeless sheltering, outdoor recreation and sports, youth programs, childcare, K-12 schools, K-12 sports currently allowed, current Division 1 and professional athletics exemptions, and higher education — all of which can continue operating under previous guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority.

For all other permitted activities listed above, the Oregon Health Authority will be issuing sector-specific guidance within the next week. Sectors without specific prohibitions or guidance must operate under this general employer guidance.

Governor Brown's full remarks are available here.

A link to Governor Brown's press conference is available here.

Earlier story:

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — The governors of Oregon, California and Washington issued travel advisories Friday, urging people entering their states or returning from outside the states to self-quarantine for two weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The advisories urge people to avoid non-essential out-of-state travel, ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country and encourage residents to stay local, a statement said.

“California just surpassed a sobering threshold – one million COVID-19 cases – with no signs of the virus slowing down,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote. “Increased cases are adding pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians.”

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a social media video Thursday, “If we do not act immediately we will soon reach a breaking point.”

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sounded a similar warning.

“We have to rethink spending time with people from outside our households right now, including Thanksgiving and the December holidays,” he wrote on social media. “This is temporary. We will get back to normal. But right now, it is just too dangerous to gather.”

News release from Gov. Kate Brown's office

Oregon, California & Washington Issue Travel Advisories

In light of rising cases, West Coast states issue travel advisories recommending 14-day quarantines for inter-state and international travel; asks residents to stay local

[Note: Governor Brown will still be holding a press availability at noon to discuss further measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon]

 (Salem, OR) — As COVID-19 cases continue to increase across the country, Governor Kate Brown, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued travel advisories today urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. The travel advisories urge against non-essential out-of-state travel, ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country, and encourage residents to stay local.

“COVID-19 does not stop at state lines. As hospitals across the West are stretched to capacity, we must take steps to ensure travelers are not bringing this disease home with them,” said Governor Brown. “If you do not need to travel, you shouldn’t. This will be hard, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner. But the best way to keep your family safe is to stay close to home.”

In addition to urging individuals arriving from other states or countries to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival, the states’ travel advisories recommend individuals limit their interactions to their immediate household. The advisories define essential travel as travel for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

“California just surpassed a sobering threshold – one million COVID-19 cases – with no signs of the virus slowing down,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom. “Increased cases are adding pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians. Travel increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and we must all collectively increase our efforts at this time to keep the virus at bay and save lives.”

“COVID cases have doubled in Washington over the past two weeks. This puts our state in as dangerous a position today as we were in March,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said. “Limiting and reducing travel is one way to reduce the further spread of the disease. I am happy to partner with California and Oregon in this effort to help protect lives up and down the West Coast.”

To learn more about the risk that travel itself poses for COVID-19 exposure, please visit the CDC page on travel risks. 

Oregon Travel Advisory 11/13/2020
The incidence of COVID-19 is increasing in many states and countries. Persons arriving in Oregon from other states or Oregonians returning from other states or countries could increase the risk of COVID-19 spread. In addition, travel itself can be a risk for exposure to COVID-19, particularly travel through shared conveyance such as air, bus or rail travel.

Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel
 1. Persons arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.

Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.

Essential travel includes: work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

2. Oregonians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of virus transmission and bringing the virus back to Oregon.

Coronavirus / Oregon-Northwest / Top Stories

KTVZ news sources

The Associated Press



      1. Unfortunately Blue counties like Deschutes- Multnomah- Washington and Lane lead the state in numbers of new cases time and time again… is that where all the dummies are ???

        1. It’s where actual people live. What’s mind blowing is when podunk places like Malheur and Umatilla get 40 in a day, and still moan about masks and pauses. The Trumpvirus is blowing through Republican communities, and I have ‘thoughts and prayers’ cued up for all y’all.

            1. Much is lost on BGHW, except for the extreme animosity he so enjoys spewing.

              Frankly …I have compassion for such an angry toxic person. How awful to be in such a constant state.

            2. So how does that “deaths per 1 million population” thing work again for your NY- New Jersey- Connecticuts ??? Those Demokrat strongholds of death ! It seems that Dictator Brown couldn’t care less about yer percentages either- threatening you big violators in “Dumbchutes” with an additional two-four weeks of detention- while the rest of the class gets recess ! Losers !!!

              1. At the rate we’re getting infected, it really doesn’t matter what the percentage is, we’ll soon run out of hospital rooms and Drs will be forced to decide who lives and who dies

          1. “Having most of the people will yield that result, troll.” ? Really ??? Is that how the data works- that if you have more people- you will naturally have a higher rate per 1 million population ??? Lemme see now… total deaths per 1 million population in Oregon- (177)… But in South korea- Total deaths per 1 million population is (10) ! But wait a minute- Oregon’s population is just over 4.2 million… South Korea- a whopping 52 Million ! Well- maybe the total number of deaths will prove your point…. To date Oregon has (753)…. And well South Korea ??? (488) !!! So how exactly does that having the most people thing work again ? Maybe you should check your covid slip math with kuya and Beej before posting next time ! Again- this is why Amerika and Oregon (in particular) are failing the leadership test- too dumb- too lazy- too arrogant to admit that there is a better way !

              1. Oregon has mishandled the China Virus to the point of 6 months of rioting- arson- and murder in Portland streets. Considering that the Presidential Election results are to be submitted in December- I’m not sure who this new (must be some kind of self proclamation) President you are talking about. I know that there has been no handover of top security files- no transition teams have met- of course not- the ballot counting still continues. You must be referencing something you read in the North Korean Times- or the Venezuelan Gazette- sometimes referred to as CNN !

      2. Why would Deschutes County be on lockdown? 14 covid patients in 1 of the many hospitals in Central Oregon. Only 14 deaths out of over 200,000 people. You are happy about a lockdown? You should lockdown forever because there’s lots of scary things out there that can get you. BOO!

    1. It will probably be just like it was last time they told people not to travel.
      We had idiots from California, Washington, and probably other states as well
      that decided to travel to C.O just because they felt like it…

      1. There are plenty of people who live here who invite their families to come stay with them, from the states you’ve mentioned and others.

        Locals are as guilty as out-of-staters.

        It’s a mystery to me. I enjoy being social and I miss engaging with my friends, my family and my co-workers, but it’s just not worth the risk. I couldn’t live with myself if I knew that I’d been responsible for anyone contracting C19.

        Five health care workers tested positive today (SCHS). Essential front line individuals.

          1. October 23rd was when the investigation started at St Charles in Bend- this means that workers were probably exposed 10-12 days before (the weekend of October 10th) but continued to work in the hospital setting ! So did St Charles systematically try to hide this outbreak from the public- knowing that the OHA weekly reports have a week-long lag time ? Why didn’t they alert the public and advice anyone who came to the hospital after the weekend of the tenth to take extra precautions with masks- hand washing- self distancing- and self quarantine ? This seems rather reckless of St Charles to not notify the public !

        1. That could be true. It’s quite possible that there are people from C.O that invite friends or relatives to visit, but someone has to be the adult and say no…

          During the first outbreak of the virus, there were stories on Z21 and other media
          outlets that talked about people that traveled to Bend from other states, simply because they were tired of being stuck at home, and they wanted to get away for awhile, even though they were telling everyone not to travel…

          One of the stories was truly ridiculous. Z21 interviewed a couple that were from Washington state, and they traveled to Bend just so their son could see his new dog.
          Washingtons Governor was telling people in Washington not to travel, especially out of state, because they were one of the hardest hit states in the country…

      2. I don’t believe they came from other states because they “felt like it” ! They came specifically to poach the Oregon jobs in Prineville and the Gorge ! Facebook and Amazon parking lots are completely full of out of state plates as the jobs created and promised to locals here were quickly poached by scummy union contract workers- including Portland and Bend- which is probably why Crook County has seen an uptick in their China virus numbers since construction started back up at the top of the hill ! Local Leaders in Prineville would do the community good by setting up a road block on the Tom McCall round-about and send them all back home…. There’s a Global Pandemic on the rampage- why should Prineville residents suffer because Portland and Bend are Demokrat failed states with no job creation of their own ???

        1. You realize that a large majority of the GDP comes from blue states and counties correct? Take all red counties and you get a third world country. That’s a fact

          1. Switzerland is a technically a third world country. So are Austria, Sweden and Finland. I think the term you’re looking for is “developing nation”. I guess “****hole” might be appropriate too given your audience.

          2. Take care with your GDP “facts”- In know of Billions of dollars in Military contracts that are awarded to Red States- but are categorized as “Government support” ! I also find it ironic that Blue States vote for socialism- yet wallow in Trump style Capitalism ! Can you say hypocrites ?

  1. So it begins, where will it end? One of Bidens clowns wants 4 – 6 weeks of shutdown claiming Ameeica has the fumds to pay everyone to stay home and shut down business’s.

        1. They just have a few isolated cases that they can do isolation and contact tracing fairly easily. Same with Taiwan. So they have life there back to normal – sports stadiums are full, bars and restaurants going strong, the economy back up and running 100%

          1. Their contact tracing found that frozen shipments of meat products led to New Zealand’s first and largest outbreak. I’ve been warning you all of this for months now. The virus is not being transferred person to person- but by person to item to person ! I would mandate gloves to go along with the masks and require every distributor of a product to either zap it with UV or spray it with a dry mist of an industrial strength cleaner- EPA List N approved. I find this odd because Z21 did a story back in the spring of a company in CO that was misting restaurants in Bend. What caught my attention was how expensive it was- clearly unsustainable -at $800 for 8000 sq. feet- a restaurant can’t afford that kind of additional fee a day. But it caught my attention and I’ve since become better educated on the products. Rite Aid is currently selling a hand held personal fogger that creates HOCL from salt. The sprayer magnetizes the particles so they cling to all surfaces- 1000x’s more efficient than wiping ! So why hasn’t KTVZ followed up on this ? This seems to be a game changer and must be utilized by all delivery- mail- grocery distribution centers nation wide- I believe the virus is being transferred through these centers when non-symptomatic carriers breathe- sweat- or cough on these packages (of all kinds) and the virus stays alive for three days during shipping- this is exactly what happened in New Zealand ! But then again- you all know better !

            1. Youre absolutely stupid, new zealand exports meat not imports it, didnt they cover this in your “intro to being an international corporate executive” class?

              1. August 20th 2020- “A new study exploring the potential that COVID-19 can linger on food, including frozen seafood, draws connections between recent outbreaks of the disease in China, Vietnam, and New Zealand.”………. “The study, “Seeding of outbreaks of COVID-19 by contaminated fresh and frozen food,” was filed on preprint server BioRxiv on 17 August. BioRxiv publishes preliminary findings that have not been scrutinized by peer review.”……….“An explanation is required for the re-emergence of COVID-19 outbreaks in regions with apparent local eradication. Recent outbreaks have emerged in Vietnam, New Zealand, and parts of China where there had been no cases for some months. Importation of contaminated food and food packaging is a feasible source for such outbreaks and a source of clusters within existing outbreaks,” according to the study’s abstract.”………. Put that in your stupid pipe of ignorance and “suck” don’t blow !

          1. Again- you are wrong !………. August 20th 2020 – “A new study exploring the potential that COVID-19 can linger on food, including frozen seafood, draws connections between recent outbreaks of the disease in China, Vietnam, and New Zealand.”………. “The study, “Seeding of outbreaks of COVID-19 by contaminated fresh and frozen food,” was filed on preprint server BioRxiv on 17 August. BioRxiv publishes preliminary findings that have not been scrutinized by peer review.”………. “An explanation is required for the re-emergence of COVID-19 outbreaks in regions with apparent local eradication. Recent outbreaks have emerged in Vietnam, New Zealand, and parts of China where there had been no cases for some months. Importation of contaminated food and food packaging is a feasible source for such outbreaks and a source of clusters within existing outbreaks,” according to the study’s abstract.”…. Additional studies have proven that the virus can survive up to a day on cardboard- and as long as three days on plastic- especially food wrappers !

        1. I read a story about this yesterday, and now for what it’s worth, Fauci is saying he doesn’t think that the virus will ever be completely eradicated…
          Big surprise…

      1. Stop yappin Beej and show me the money ! President Trump put cold hard cash in everyone’s pocket- we haven’t seen a damn dime from Kate Brown- as she’s never missed a paycheck- or donated one to to any charity ! When will you get it through that thick Beej of yours- “we are all “not” in this together” ! Businesses are closing- Kate has no problem with that ! Families are going on welfare and food stamps- Kate has no problem with that !! Schools are closed, social issues are reaching levels equal to seven years- this year alone !!! And Kate Brown doesn’t care ! Go ahead- listen to her press conferences… all about blaming the people for her failed policies ! She’s not once shown a single degree of empathy for anyone she’s harmed- go ahead- listen to her talk about her plans for Thanksgiving ! With only the daughter- her fiance (poor sod !) and their dog “krapkins” ! Not a single word of concern about the new homeless families huddling in their Kia Sport’s waiting for Walmart to open so they can use the toilets ! The woman is an uncaring imbecile who has you licking her boots like a little Nazi wannabe snitch that so many of you are ! You disgust me !

        1. When was the last time Trump or Pence or anyone from that lame duck administration said one word about Coronavirus? Trump has literally been hiding in a bunker since the election, behind a non-scalable wall, with 130 sick secret service guys he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about, rage tweeting lies instead of doing his job and protecting the country. Pitiful.

          1. You are hopelessly blind to the facts ! President Trump just explained to all American’s within ear shot how his administration engaged operation “Warp Speed” to produce a vaccine, new medicines, and advanced treatments for the American people ! Cmon Snorze- your shtick has gotten as old and tired as Joe Biden after 4 !

              1. Both Eli Lilly and Pfizer received Warp Speed funding- Pfizer got almost $2 billion dollars ! A simple internet search will prove your CNN fake news declarations beyond moronic- as in dotardish ! You really need to walk away from the key board- go sober up- and play in the snow a bit- or are you still in California ?

            1. OMG I saw that he came out of the bunker today! I loved his new hair color. Also, did you notice he did not say one word about the election? Not one word.

        2. She sounds pretty bad. It’s really amazing that you can’t find anyone who is better than her to win an election. It’s a really low bar–why can’t you reach it?

              1. “Science Driven” ??? Is that why Oregon is reaching record level numbers of new cases 9 months after Browns first Executive Order to destroy the state- because it’s “good Science” ??? Bwahahaaaa ! Go smoke another bowl of Oregon’s most recent decriminalized dope you dope !

          1. But not as scary as your weak-kneed chicken little the sky is falling fear of Kate Brown and her Nazi thugs is ! When ya gonna grow a pair and refuse to be led around by your rusting nose ring of disgrace ? The evidence is clear- Kate Brown tells you to eat your vegetables- and you rush out to grow more ! You truly are irrelevant- you are an enabler for the fourth Reich ! Wear your Brown shirt proudly and lick them boots !

    1. Democrats will simply print more money. They will have control of the printing presses. Because, you know, money is free to them. That’s how they get rich on a government salary. Tell me, how does one acquire $100,000,000 on a salary of $200,000 a year? Let’s ask Pelosi.

  2. Lol….sure thing kate. Like you were urged to “do the right thing” with the federal ‘rona money….and you didn’t. YOU are urged to follow the law…and you’re not

    1. You should look up the covid numbers map by county, oregon is doing waaaaay better than most of the country- im proud of us for trying and im proud of kate brown for putting our health first

        1. What state are you talking about- your state of confusion ??? Look at the numbers pork-chop- this aint basketball where the high score wins… think Golf ! Sheesh- some of you are just hilarious !

          1. Alright boomer, you’re missing the point, as usual. Do you know what proactive means? Let me help you out with a definition.

            (of a person, policy, or action) creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened.

            I have to ask. Is there a reason why you always leave spaces between punctuation? Are you not American? Hmmm

            1. Well that’s great- coming from Generation Jones (Generation Jones. Born: 1955-1965.) ! The Dictator you worship in Salem has had 9 months now to be “pro-active” ! But instead of getting ahead of the virus- she relies on “lag time” data to push a failed strategy ! You need not worry about my punctuation- my nationality- anything else you want to insert into the conversation to avoid the fact that you are an enabler- Brown is categorically the worst Governor the State has ever had- and Oregon will continue down a road of increased new China Virus cases because people like you did not sign the recall ticket to have her removed ! Your inaction is coming back to bite you in the bum- hope you’ve had yer tetanus shot !

      1. I just did look at the covid numbers for the nation- out of 56 states and “territories measured. There are 16 other Governments performing better than Oregon ! Oregon’s death rate per 1 million population continues to steadily rise- demonstrating that after all of Brown’s Exec Orders to shut down the state- limit face to face contact- mandate masks- and close legal businesses- that after 9 months of guessing- she still does not know what is creating the constant uptick… and she’ll never know because her “contact tracing” program is a failure. The OHA data is clear on this- that on any given day- as much as 80% of cases are not traced back to a common source. People are not talking to her spies- who continue to come up empty. So all we can do is speculate- use our won eyes… and since schools are closed- businesses shuttered- “most” people are wearing masks and distancing- we can surmise that the virus is not being spread by people- but the items they touch ! look at Nursing Care Homes- they continue to live in a bubble- no visitors- lockdown- they wipe and spray- the change gloves- change clothes…. so how is the virus getting into these facilities at alarming rates ? It has to be an outside source that Brown is not thinking about- and I say it’s mail- Fedex- Amazon- food deliveries- grocery items- the guy that brings the toiletries- delivery people that bring in contaminated goods ! I challenge every LTC facility to get a Phylegen test kit and start swabbing their facilities to find out exactly where the contamination is occuring ! Everyone should demand that Brown pay for these Covid test kits- they are not cheap- but you get solid reliable answers ! Now what says Barney L ???

          1. I dunno ! How is Oregon doing compared to countries that are successfully combating the China virus like South Korea-Taiwan-Japan-Malaysia-Australia. Better yet- why do you insist on following a strategy of failure- when a winning strategy is available ? Your team is 1 and 10… yet you ignore the league Champions and instead follow the team that is 2 and 10 ! Your argument is totally illogical and I don’t know of a company- industry- or sports franchise that follows such a losing strategy- yet this is what you agree with- and it is what Brown is promoting- all awhile your new case numbers increase into the thousands- while you run around in hysterics ! This is exactly what failed leadership looks like !

  3. The punishments will continue until morale improves.
    Oh, and BTW the riots ad protests are not covered by the Order of the Queen so go break a window and burn a starbucks.
    We will all meet later to loot a Walmart.
    Good times.

          1. Nope. MAGA showed up at a hospital where all the beds were filled with COVID patients. Those in charge of rationing of care determined MAGA was too far gone to waste a ventilator on, so MAGA was left waiting to die on a gurney in a hallway. Then MAGA’s remains will be wheeled into a refrigerated truck bc the morgue is full. RIP MAGA!

        1. BGHW….you are the disgusting creature.

          Trump/ Pence $$ ran out long ago. And the RNC refuses to fire up more funds. They’d rather spend it on defense/ military contracts/ war games.

          Good luck to you and your continued toxicity.

          1. Hey froggie- how much cash did you get from Brown ? Screw yer name calling- answer the question- how much money did Kate Brown provide for the hundreds of thousands of Oregonians she put out of work- closed their businesses- sent her OLCC and OSHA thugs to threaten fines and license losses ? What drives your support for Kate Brown- as she systematically turns up the heat- and boils all you little toads in her vat of deception ! This is exactly how Middle Easters Royal Families work- How Assad convinced the people to allow him into office- How Hitler brain washed a nation. Kate Brown is a dictator that must be stopped ! No need to shout at me- I didn’t create your misery- you did this to yerself- now enjoy your time at home- be a good Brownshirt and follow her demands- In know I won’t !

          1. and your buddy will save us all from covid, and fix America back to unemployment, and being spoon fed once again by our government.
            if you believe a career politian, your a moron and you should leave the state.

        2. If that’s what it stands for then it must be one of your comrades with all the misplaced punctuation marks. And by the way, we just made America great again.

  4. Stand up to this tyrant! I plead with you to understand your rights as guaranteed by our constitution and to stand against this significant measure of government overreach. Freedom comes at a cost, and this is not freedom.

    1. The constitution guarantees you can work out in a gym or eat out in a restaurant? Does it guarantee you don’t have to wear a mask? I know there are vague references to “the greater good…”

      1. The US Constitution protects free speech- Public Schools nationwide are forbidden to enact dress codes because it violates this right ! Kate Brown has no legal authority- virus or not- to threaten anyone with fines- punishment or legal action for not wearing a mask. She also cannot mandate or try to enforce her Church limits- under the law America is governed by a separation of Church and State- Brown has no authority here- and is simply blowing smoke out her pants suits ! Stop being so damn gullible and afraid of this fool ! The US Constitution is on your side- and as long as President Trump is in office- always will be !

    1. If only there were a system that could distribute funds to those in need, since this pandemic isn’t the fault of business owners, so why should they suffer and possible lose their business? If I had to come up with a name for this system on the fly, I’d probably call it a “payment protection program” and I’d be sure to have some trustworthy and qualified people in charge of it, but have a “watchdog” group to oversee it, just to be 100% sure that money goes to the people who really need it.

      1. Other countries don’t have Demokrats like Nancy Pelosi or Maxine Waters who lecture their constituents to wear masks- then ignore their own mandates whenever convenient ! The photos don’t lie- CNN does !

    1. Hey Hostile Hill Girl- You see this… From your beloved party of “do as I say- not as I do” ???
      J. Clara Chan
      November 13, 2020, 6:05 PM……….
      “California (Dem) Gov. Gavin Newsom apologized on Friday for attending a dinner party last week at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley, noting that he “should have modeled better behavior.”….. “While our family followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, we should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner,” Newsom said in a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle.”………. Oregon Governor Kate Brown worships this guy ! And neither are “all in this together”….. You are a fool if you believe otherwise !!!

    2. If all these people want to be scared sheep and stay home then you have the right to do so. But don’t push your dictator policies on the rest of us that just want to, go to work, run our business, or just enjoy American freedom again. Also if the mask is helping then why are the numbers supposedly going up???? Fake news that’s why. I bet this hole plandemic would go away if the media stopped reporting on it.

  5. As part of the freeze, grocery stores, pharmacies and retail stores are limited to a maximum capacity of 75%. Faith-based organizations will also have their capacity reduced to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
    You have to ask yourself, why are faith bases organizations being discriminated against, and treated differently, than a retail store? shouldn’t it be the same 75% of maximum capacity?

    1. You have to ask yourself, if a faith-based organization needs you to risk your health (as well as the health of others) to gain brownie points, what kind of faith are you signed up for?

      1. You need to ask yourself, if a faith based (faith in government) government needs you to risk your health to gain food inside a building at 75% capacity, what kind of faith are you signed up for?

      2. “risk your health (as well as the health of others)” ??? So if the State’s health is of utmost importance- why did Brown designate Alcohol Sellers and Marijuana shops to be essential businesses ? When will she halt all winter auto traffic because the data shows that more Oregonians will die in car accidents this winter than from the China Virus here in CO ?? When will Kate address the “underlying conditions” of diabetes- obesity- and heart disease… the real culprits in the China Virus death count ??? What kind of Governor risks the health of the state’s citizens just to push a virus that is classified “minor in nature”- no more lethal than the common flu- sure as hell aint Ebola…. just to safe face and get Brownie Points with like failures ??? Complete insanity !

    2. Maybe because people go to church to have fellowship and sing which aren’t recommended indoors. Going to the grocery store is considered essential and people tend to duck in and out without speaking to others.

      1. Maybe it’s a Constitutional Right to go to church and some of find it disturbing that this lady can take our rights away, while you can still go play video poker or shop for a big screen tv in Costco or Walmart. Get it yet? Go back to china.

        1. ” Get it yet? Go back to china.”

          Go back to China ? WTH is that about ? I didn’t say I agreed with her decision you idiot. I simply offered a possible explanation.

      2. To some feeding the soul is as or more important than feeding the body.
        To some, without faith isn’t life at all.
        To some, if you are a Christian, your faith is worthless and you can be slaughtered for it in the name of religion.
        More people have died in the name of religion than of all petulance and famine.
        Don’t discount what you have no knowledge of or comprehension.
        It could be deadly in many parts of the world in an instant.

  6. It would seem that the “Wishes” in our community would still love to MAGA and live in some kind of denial while blowing smoke in each others tailpipes? Reality is that almost 60% of Oregon voted Biden and it’s hard for some to accept and not be sore losers. The Brown haters complain non stop on some stupid notion that she wants to lose her job by making trolls adult and wear a mask. Don’t like it, other states to choose from?

    1. 60 percent. wow that’s unfortunate,thought we were smarter than that, what was i thinking, its the same people that came out of Costco with toilet paper. not water. not food, but toilet paper. yeah this fits.

  7. Have any of you been to Portland, Salem, or Eugene lately? Do you think what is happening there is ok? Do you understand the policies that have created the decay? It is so sad that Bend is next. It was only a matter of time. Please, spare me the whining about masks. I have observed thousands of young kids all summer long spitting and screaming all over themselves and no one even said boo.

      1. No. I was wearing a mask. The spoiled brat criminals were not.

        Good to see you are still the same naive sheep as always. You should go see the world instead of just trolling 24 hours a day.

  8. Is she going to shut down Oregon and Oregon State football games? The restaurant’s are almost broke now and will be after these power hungry politicians get done. Kate follows the sheep herders Ca. and Wash. When you vote for crap you get the runs.

  9. So, why start this freeze next week? I guarentee folks will be hitting the bars, clubs, restaurants, going to church on Sunday to pray for a cure en masse before the freeze to have a last good time…and in three weeks we have a huge spike in cases and she’ll extend it to next year.

    1. Agreed! If they are serious it should have been done immediately. The preparing business/employees could be done on the phone/web. We are lucky that we have less numbers as other states but doing shutdowns half-assed is NOT going to fix this or make it better. Yep, the bars, restaurants etc will be hopping because yet again people have no common sense.

  10. Remember about a week and a half ago in every democrapic state tens of thousands of people danced in joy in the streets about the media proclaiming biden president elect? Yeah, that was funny. That was ok, no fear of covid. HAHAHA , jokes on us. Never heard of any of theses democratic governors condemning these actions, if fact some of them danced with craze in the streets with the lowly public. Also, St. Charles has 14 covid patients per KTVZ reporting. 14!!!! We are getting played.

  11. Republicans blame the bad weather on the Governor. It’s weak to blame everything on someone who had nothing to do with whatever you’re mad about in life. Quit it.

    1. So who signed the 63 Executive Orders (and counting) this year to shut down the economy- the schools- businesses- the parks- recreational facilities- all forms of life as we are constitutionally allowed to have ??? Nobody but Oregon Governor Kate (Ima Failure) Brown ! The responsibility for all this destruction lies squarely on her bony and slumped shoulders ! Nobody else ! Not God- Not President Trump- Not Yo Mamma ! But only one person has been at the helm of this catastrophic response to this mild virus- Kate (say it with me) BROWN !

  12. Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Thursday he took four coronavirus tests on the same day, with two showing positive results, while the other two were negative.
    He was quoted as saying, Something extremely bogus is going on.
    You have to wonder if this is what is going on in Oregon, and other places, and also if the test of many the people who have died were actually negative also, and that they otherwise would have been called a “natural” death, after all they almost all had underling health conditions, and were possibly destine to die with or without a Covid 19 “positive” test result.
    Something extremely bogus is going on.

      1. Maybe you can “mansplain” why you feel the need to interject so many worthless and poorly thought out comments here on this website ! I’d honestly give you a prop or two if they were funny- humorous- or contained even the smallest bit of fact… but they don’t ! Yours are always insulting digs- usually with no critical value- and are really a waste of everyones time and valuable space. So either find your funny bone- your smart cap- or get lost !

  13. “reducing risk in communities more vulnerable to serious illness and death, and helping conserve hospital capacity”. Bend has done pretty good and the hospital is not at risk for capacity, so Brown go eat a bag.

  14. Can I still play video poker? Can I still shop for a 65″ tv at Costco? Can I still go to Walmart to get my packs of cigarettes before the new tax kicks in?

  15. Two weeks? Only two weeks huh? Does she REALLY expect us to believe that? The last “two weeks” ended up being two months. She will end up taking this until after New Years I’ll bet.

  16. Meanwhile House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defended holding a large dinner for incoming members as Democrat leaders across the country urge Americans to cancel their traditional Thanksgiving plans to combat the Chinese coronavirus.

    1. I read that earlier. Typical liberal Democrap hypocrisy… I couldn’t believe that
      that pretentious old hag was actually going to do that. Fortunately people found out
      about it, and she quickly did an about face and cancelled the party when it went public.

  17. **** Kate Brown. You are beyond your authority!!! I will live my life how I damn please and will fight against your Marxist collectivism at all cost. Liberty will prevail whether we the people have to rid you of your tyranny. Wake up people! Commie Kate needs to realize the people have the power, not her.

  18. 180000 cases today in our country. Time to shut er down for a bit. Oregon might be in the best position to flatten the curve outside Islands. Those of you who only care about yourselves should move east! Get out of here!

    1. Oregon’s EPI and fatality rate curves flat-lined in April. What curve has yet to be flattened- I mean besides the learning curve- which remains underwater !

  19. Isn’t it interesting that NONE of these articles are willing to look into how many of these diagnosed cases are actually sick. I know some who have not been sick, that tested positive, and know an individual who has been horribly sick for almost 2 weeks, that tested negative

  20. Seems as the ski areas will now be closed as well, good. A side note, does it look like kate has missed any meals? She seems “chunkier” in the latest photos.

  21. The greater good…didn’t someone resembling Adolf Hitler say something like that in the early 1900s. I hope anyone that receives a “citation” for having a gathering sues the state for infringement on their civil liberties.
    I feel I need to have a get together. Maybe next weekend….

  22. Hi Dman – looks like all the folks who voted for a lovely straight Democrat ticket with Kate Brownshirt in the Queen’s Castle, are getting what they have been asking for. According to them, “WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ CONSERVATIVES or REPUBLICANS or REDNECK HICKS” from the east side of Oregon. Might as well as being told exactly what to do and when it MIGHT be allowed when Sleepy/Sniffy Biden takes over. Trump was never a tyrant – he tried to help people – but with Biden and all the Dems in power, just kiss any freedoms (or small businesses) goodbye. The worst is yet to come. If anyone tells me I can’t visit my family – well they can go suck an egg and in terms of a $1,200 fine? don’t the Democrats know that you can’t squeeze a turnip? especially when the turnip is out of work.

  23. Side note if you will to those of you who believe that all the information from the State is sacrosanct, the state says it is 212.2 degrees in Long Creek at 9:36 PM today.

  24. Another thing, if Kate wants to cite Oregon people for gathering together and expects Oregon people to hunker down and stay home in Oregon and not travel, why is she not shutting down the highway’s leading into Oregon?

    1. Amen, someone that gets its, why hasn’t she shut down the roads in to Oregon?? Because now we are overrun with transplants who are mindless and soul eaters.

  25. Don’t blame the governor, it’s the outcome of our lack of responsibility and our refusal to wear a face mask.
    It’s stupid people’s fault we’re shutting down.

  26. A career politician which is the equal of a car salesman, gets elected over a person with no political experience. It’s interesting how many idiots forgot that politicians lie and voted for one. Trump is a business man, not a politician, is what got him in trouble is his lack of filter. yet that is the very thing that should of got him realected, saying what is real and not what you think people want to hear, you know, that whole truth concept. These liberal democrats wouldn’t know a good leader if they came up to them and slapped them in their stupid mask wearing face.

    1. You are exactly the type of person the Cult of Personality targets to be conned. Over 20,000 lies and still counting. You should change your name to ‘mark.’

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