State of Emergency Declaration
To give state and local agencies a leg up in their fight against COVID-19, a 60-day state of emergency
in Oregon on March 8 to address the spread of the virus.
"This emergency declaration gives the Oregon Health Authority
and the Office of Emergency Management
all the resources at the state's disposal to stem the spread of this disease,” Gov. Kate Brown
said in a statement. “We will do everything it takes, within our power and in coordination with federal and local officials, to keep Oregonians safe."
Josephine County officials welcomed the declaration, which will allow state agencies to take immediate action and devote necessary resources toward containing the virus in Oregon. It will also allow the Oregon Health Authority to potentially expand testing capabilities at more regional hospitals and private labs and provides resources to expand telemedicine (or remote care) so patients can be screened and in some cases treated without exposing more people to the virus.