As COVID-19 Case Count in Oregon Increases, Washington County Asks Governor to “Decouple” It From Multnomah – Willamette Week

Brown earlier determined that the states biggest three counties should continue with the later phases of the reopening process in lockstep, even though Clackamas and Washington counties started Phase 1 much earlier than Multnomah County, the last in the state to reopen. “In the coming weeks, as our region enters Phase 2, Washington County or one of our neighboring jurisdictions may backslide on one or more of the criteria set forth by your office,” the Washington County commissioners composed June 25. “Gov. Brown has been clear: Given the present state of COVID-19 in the Portland city tri-county area, as well as the useful reality that homeowners of one county often work in or frequent the other counties, the public health signs of the three counties will be examined as one region, and the area will move forward (or not) in the resuming procedure together,” Boyle said in a statement.

Brown earlier identified that the states biggest 3 counties ought to proceed with the later stages of the reopening procedure in lockstep, even though Clackamas and Washington counties started Phase 1 much earlier than Multnomah County, the last in the state to resume. “In the coming weeks, as our region goes into Phase 2, Washington County or one of our neighboring jurisdictions may backslide on one or more of the criteria set forth by your office,” the Washington County commissioners composed June 25. “Gov. Brown has been clear: Given the current state of COVID-19 in the Portland metro tri-county area, as well as the useful reality that residents of one county typically work in or frequent the other counties, the public health indicators of the 3 counties will be examined as one area, and the area will move forward (or not) in the reopening process together,” Boyle stated in a declaration.