Gov. Kate Brown during COVID-19 press conference file image

Gov. Kate Brown during prior press conference (KPTV file image)

SALEM, OR (KPTV) - Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday extended a state of emergency declaration in Oregon until March 3, 2021.

The previous executive order regarding the COVID-19 pandemic was set to expire Jan. 2, 2021. The extension is for an additional 60 days from that time.

The declaration is the legal underpinning for the Governor’s COVID-19 executive orders and the Oregon Health Authority’s health and safety guidance, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

That includes the risk-based guidelines and closures for each county in Oregon.

It was announced this week that 29 counties would be under the extreme risk level, beginning Friday.

The risk levels determine what businesses and activities are closed, whether restaurants can serve customers indoors, as well as how many people can shop in stores, attend church services or gather socially with people from other households.

Under extreme risk, for example, restaurants are only allowed to provide outdoor dining, with a maximum capacity of 50 people. Under high and extreme risk, recommendations for social gatherings are to be limited to six people, and limited to two households.

There have been 1,283 deaths linked to the coronavirus in Oregon during the pandemic, and 98,936 cases. There have been more than 2.2 million negative tests statewide.

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The first COVID-19 vaccines were given to frontline health care workers in Oregon and southwest Washington on Wednesday. 

“These are the darkest days of this pandemic. And yet, hope has arrived. Beginning this week, each time another Oregonian is vaccinated against COVID-19, we are one step closer to the day when we can return to normal life. In the meantime, we must keep up our guard. Protect your friends and loved ones by continuing to follow health and safety protocols. Wear a face covering, avoid gatherings, stay home when you are sick––and, together, we can drive down COVID-19 infections and save lives,” Brown said in a written statement.

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Crambone

You people with your comments about CDC and OHA stats, and tyrants are so entertaining. Go cool off with a drive around your locked-down town with a flag on your lifted truck. Nobody cares about the anger you push through your keyboard except for the other angry trolls who lurk here. At the end of the day, what are you really planning on doing besides sounding ignorant on a Fox news website? Protest? What exactly do the freedom babies have to offer besides noise?

Maddog 10

When are Oregonians going to stand up to her she will keep you locked downs longs you let her. Time to take our state back, and if the Democrats get in the way walk one them.

commentor

You people best stand up against her and put her in her place.<><> "When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."

The choice is quite simple --- Liberty or tyranny, there is no middle ground, it is one or the other. Think about it. Think hard about it.

SkepticOne

All the great comments here mirror my own frustration. Just wonder how long we are all going to put up with this nonsense. We do have a choice. In other states, people are challenging their tyrants. Let's face it, she is waiting to get a federal handout or bailout.

commentor

'Gov. Brown extends state of emergency declaration in Oregon until March 2021' Why wouldn't Kate the tyrant do this? Until the sheeple get fed up with her bovine scat and stand up against her, she will continue to do this. She needs to be reminded that she works for the people, not for her own political agenda. Stand like free people or submit and bow down like slaves. The choice is yours.

Husky Loyalist

This has got to stop. With a recovery rate of 99.5%, tells you this tyrannical action has nothing to do with the virus. It has everything to do with destroying freedom and Capitalism in that she is out to destroy independent businesses and the middle class to have a perpetual dependent underclass. This is a classic Communist plan to use an emergency to steal your freedoms. People need to speak up and demonstrate and fight this in the courts beyond her shill State Supreme Court where she appointed 4 of the 7 wacko judges.

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

This chick is off her rocker. And the only reason she keeps doing this, is because she knows there aren't enough crossover dems to embolden a viable recall effort. She could extend the "emergency declaration" until the end of her term, and the ignorant liberals in this state would STILL go along with it. I've never seen anything like this in my life. I never saw this coming, not to THIS extent. I need to find a set of those stones over here, like Claire Randall did in Scotland, so I can go back in time and make sure Brown's parents never conceived.

nativepdx

Tyrants will use fear to extend their power and the power of government to enforce it.

Mr Q

Gotta keep things locked down because the seeds of revolution are spread in taverns/bars, restaurants, churches, and individuals homes....

Batman

Anyone here watch the YouTube video of the dr title (cant keep doing this?) Check it out. They had medicine to fix this covid a long time ago. Watch it before it gets taken down. And before you get the covid vaccine look at the side affects. A lot of talk on how it might make you sterile. Kate brown and the government is a joke. Listen to actually really working drs that are not involved in the political system.

TiredOfDA's

MARCH...? REALLY...? THIS IS RIDICULOUS. THE PERMANENT NEGATIVE IMPACT ON BUSINESSES, HARD WORKING OREGONIANS & KIDS IS BEYOND THE PANDEMIC. THERE IS NO SUPPORTING DATA FOR THESE CLOSURES. THERE IS A COMMON SENSE COMPROMISE/APPROACH THAT EACH INDIVIDUAL & FAMILY SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE BASED ON THEIR RISK LEVEL AND FEARS OF CONTRACTING COVID-19. PLAIN AND SIMPLE, OUR GOVERNOR IS OUT OF CONTROL AND IS MANAGING THIS CRISIS HORRIBLY.

Sickofthiscrap

Apparently, Fox12 Oregon felt the need to censor my comment. So, they removed it. There was nothing wrong with calling Jerry Brown sister a despot. That is on here way out if she continues to be a homely tyrant.

Thinking Person

Kate Brown in not Jerry Brown's sister which is why your comment was removed.

Erik Erlow Eeckhart

I think he knows they are not related, but given their same last name and that they act the exact same way, looney liberalism, sister/brother seems appropriate

commentor

The tyrant queen is from Minnesota. Which is where she needs to be returned to. In chains of course.

Beyondthewhy

She is a dictator plain and simple along with her enforcements soldiers of the OLCC and corrupt OSHA thugs!

PDX2MtHood

Continuing to drive this state into the ground. She is a disgrace.

Alan W

Between Brown and Wheeler we are totally screwed and the state will be bankrupt with small businesses and lives destroyed.. Every single one of the previous comments posted here are right on the money. It is sad how quick the knee jerk devastating reaction came after the delivery of the vaccine. She says she is doing it for the overworked essential workers according to OPB radio? How stupid. To quote her in this article she said "hope has arrived"..she couldn't stand it and is working to destroy hope for hard working people...she is indeed sick. No optimism on her part just a loser mentality by an executive order powermonger.

Thinking Person

Good comment. She wants everyone to feel like a victim. Essential workers? Like the Pot and Liquor store clerks?

Jefferson

Just wondering what would have happened ifjust a few of the billions spent on vaccines would have been used with the same level of effort to find effective treatment for seriously ill patients. Believe that the death toll would have been seriously mitigated and that the economy would not have tanked to such an extent with so many unnecessary closures. Hope this question will show up in the analysis of lessons learned when we get around to doing it.:)

TiredOfDA's

DEAR SATAN, PLEASE COME AND TAKE YOUR DAUGHTER BACK HOME.........

Alan W

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Maddog 10

Everything she has done is against the Oregon constitution and no one will stop her.

commentor

A lot of the problem is that the Oregon Supreme court was hand picked by the tyrant queen and they will do whatever they are told to do by her. So they can't be counted on to stand up for our rights.

NWAmerican

Brown is the devil. She is an incompetent Totalitarian who's only job is to destroy this state.... it you think that she is doing a good job or ever plan on voting for her again YOU are part of the problem.

She has to GO!

CJC

I would suggest that you re-consider criticizing Gov. Brown an incompetent...since you have revealed YOU have no clue as to what is going on. SHE is 'destroying' the State?...because you cannot go hang out in your bar like you want to...laughing and dancing with the girls?....or something else? Her orders are meant to SAVE Oregon by keeping the residents out of the Cemetery. Is there another Governor somewhere that is managing DEATH in a better way....who is that?.....

Thinking Person

By what metric is she closing things down? The death rate is flat. Those big numbers from the past 2 days are actually a compilation of deaths over the past 6 weeks. Just look. They expect you to just buy their lies and apparently you do!

Caracalla

You MUST be brown yourself because no one else would stick up for that wart faced noodle.The covid numbers do not justify the over reaction. CDC and OHA numbers are totally skewed and inflated. Their percentages are totally false because they do not have all of the variables to solve the equation. Anyone with basic math skills can figure that out. Give it a shot.

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Yeah there is..it's your hero Andrew Cuomo. He's doing a find job. In fact, he's showing the rest of the world just how well shut downs work, but leading the world in concentrated cases of covid deaths. Do us a favor and move back to California..please.

Husky Loyalist

The annual death rate in Oregon for this year is lower than the last three years according to the CDC. Survival rate in Oregon from the virus is 99.12% according to the Dec 4th stats from the Oregon Health Authority. This is nothing but a direct assault on freedom and Capitalism. That is why she is attacking independent businesses, schools, etc. Imagine not one death from this virus of people under 20 years old in Oregon. She is sacrificing our kids over her slobbering support of the teacher's union who get paid regardless being in a classroom or not. This corrupt woman is bought and sold by lobbies including the teachers union. There needs to be an investigation and then charges of corruption brought against this woman.

Ranger

CJC [rolleyes]

CommonSensePrevails

I think you need to check yourself. Clearly, YOU are in the MINORITY here. Just ask the businesses getting screwed by her lockdown rules. I think YOU probably don't even work and just sit on the couch at home writing comments on KPTV. Like what I did capitalizing WORDS like you did?

Rgh1970

If Covid ends I'd bet serious money she'll declare an emergency due to global warming.

CommonSensePrevails

I'm surprised she hasn't already claimed that so-called Global Warming caused Covid-19. Then she would have yet another excuse to try and pass yet another bogus tax bill to fix it.

IBCNU

Whatta lame dork she is. So long 2020, there's no hope for you and the business and families you've destroyed. Only sick lives matter to Kate. This won't be the last of it or her.

CJC

So you are blaming the Gov. for the families and businesses destroyed?....Sick lives should matter to her and to all of us, except you, of course. Her orders are aimed at preventing 'sick lives' which turn into to 'DEAD lives'. SHE has not destroyed families...gosh, how can anyone choose to reveal such ignorance on a public forum...People are dying from the effects of a virus, named COVID-19. People who go to diners and bars that are not supposed to be opened for disease-seekers are the ones spreading and dying from this virus. People who refuse to wear masks, or social distance or stay away from the parties or the card games with the 'buddies', are the ones who are destroying lives in Oregon.... You say that :'only sick lives matter to Kate'.....all that matters to your selfishness in obviously YOUR life....And get yourself a newspaper....please.....businesses are closing and people are dying in the other States also......

Beyondthewhy

CJC needs to get a life. Tyrant Queen Kate is nothing but a ruthless dictator. Her mandates our illegal and unconstitutional. Since YOU obviously don't need to work for a living anymore have some compassion for all those MILLIONS of PEOPLE whose futures she's destroying. People who will never be able recover from the personal and economic hardships of her forced shutdowns and house arrest orders. Don't just be another unthinking sheep as you are led to the slaughter house by Tyrant Queen Kate. "I was only following orders" from your superiors didn't work as a defense in past and doesn't now. TIME to stand up for our FREEDOMS that we once took for granted.

H8tinnate

She is absolutely the one to blame for businesses being destroyed. I don’t think they chose to do that themselves. You are a sad person if you think the governor gives a d@mn about you!

Thinking Person

Blah. Blah and Blah. We've heard it all before. How about those that are feeble, have preexisting conditions, and are simply afraid protect themselves and let the rest of us live our lives?

Caracalla

Nice try kate but we know it's you and nobody likes you nobody trusts you and be absolutely assured that NOBODY will ever respect again you and rightfully so. Another shining example of why we have term limits for governor.

If this isn't brown stain then you are a total lemming of the media following your queen pelosi off the cliff.

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

The only true ignorance is recorded for all to see in your post. Do you REALLY believe that all of the deaths of the old and the infirm were caused by covid, instead of old age and the underlying condition? Some of those people that are being listed under covid deaths never ever tested positive for it. And btw..we're supposed to "get a newspaper?" And what? Read more liberal propaganda? Btw, you still read newspapers? I would have thought a good little prog like you would be fully digital by now, so you could go hug trees instead of newspapers, but that's just me.

Husky Loyalist

Maybe you should take time to read the daily reports from the Oregon Health Authority which has the survival rate of over 99% with no deaths of those under 20 years old. Or how about the CDC stats for Oregon which shows Oregon's overall death rate for 2020 is lower that each of the last three years. You then tell us that this is worse than the annual flu, 51% of the deaths are those over 80 years old and they are already infirmed and 74% of those 70 and older represent the deaths. Then explain why the schools are closed other than her being beholden to the teachers union. Freedom comes first which is taken for granted. You can have safety first under a dictatorship as long as you obey the dictator.

Son of Fukov

CJC: Who are you really? Kate Brown or Pat Allen?

Merlin

The only state of emergency is Kate Brown.

PDX2MtHood

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TiredOfDA's

WITH OUT A DOUBT, KATIE HITLER WILL GO DOWN AS THE WORST GOVERNOR IN OREGON HISTORY! SHE IS AN ABSOLUTE LUNATIC. NO DATA TO SUPPORT HER DECISIONS, ALL BASED ON CONTROL..........

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