PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday two new measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. 

Effective immediately, Gov. Brown is mandating that indoor gatherings, such as dinner parties, be limited to a maximum of 10 people. This mandate does not apply to places such as restaurants and churches. Gov. Brown gave an analogy of how personal choices are leading to chains of cases in social circles.

“We are here today to sound the alarm,” Brown said. “The COVID-19 disease is spreading rapidly across the state of Oregon. Each and every one of us needs to take action — immediate action — to slow the spread.”

Effective Wednesday, July 15, Gov. Brown is expanding the statewide mask mandate to include the outdoors when Oregonians are around others outside of their immediate household and when social distancing cannot be achieved.

Gov. Brown's new measures come as the state continues to see an uptick in COVID-19 cases. So far in July, the state has seen more new cases than all of May.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, there have been a total of 12,170 confirmed and presumptive cases in the state, along with 234 deaths from the coronavirus.

On Saturday, the state saw the largest single day case count with 409 new cases reported.

The Oregon Health Authority says people in their 20s and 30s are the age groups mostly likely to become sick with the virus. The OHA says two people in their 30s have died from COVID-19.

And while hospitals right now are not overwhelmed with sick patients, officials worry that could happen in the future. The OHA says new COVID-19 cases are expected to triple in the next six weeks.

Brown stressed that how seriously people follow mandates will determine whether people live or die – and whether she’ll impose further limits on day-to-day life.

“It all depends on you. Your choices determine our future. If we don’t slow the spread of the virus, we will have no choice but to force widespread and difficult closures again,” she said.

States like California and Nevada are putting restrictions back in place. Counties in Nevada closed bars over the weekend, and in California, many businesses will be forced to once again suspend their indoor operations and bars must also close.

But in Oregon, officials say they’re not going there yet and they are less worried about businesses than private social gatherings.

“As of right now, these businesses that are implementing and enforcing our safety rules, face coverings, physical distancing, and sanitation do not appear to be the sources of significant transmission. I hope I don’t have to go the route of Texas and California and close bars and restaurants, but nothing, nothing is off the table,” Brown said. “The proof here will be in numbers.”

While Oregon is still low on infection rate compared to other states, Gov. Brown says she doesn't want to get anywhere close to what Texas looks like.

"The rate of COVID-19 transmission is accelerating. New cases are projected to triple in the next 6 weeks – that means more people will get sick, many will become seriously ill and our health care system is threatened with becoming overwhelmed," said OHA Director Patrick Allen.

Allen says the state's testing count is currently 30,000 to 35,000 a week.

"We all want life to return to normal. We all want to spend time with family and friends. But we cannot let COVID-19 get out of control in Oregon and overwhelm our health care system the way we’ve seen it happen in other states," said Allen.

State epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said if you see people you know not following the guidelines, "call them out on it." He also called contact sports "not safe" right now and discouraged any playing in social groups.

Dr. Sidelinger called Gov. Brown's new enhanced measures a "targeted" approach to tackle the spread of the coronavirus in Oregon. New cases have been traced to personal social gatherings and workplace outbreaks.

State officials say they don’t yet have the data to determine whether the Fourth of July holiday will cause a big spike in cases, but they will be carefully assessing the numbers.

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f_hofs

so she does not mention about the riots and protest will Portland and other cites now have finally stop these riots and protests? if not then why do we law abiding citizens have to stop gathering etc.

sagebrush

Just tell comrade Brown to shove it. When she tells people what they can do in their own homes, it's time to send her packing. But, don't forget that she and others like her are the liberals idea of heros. They are like a bunch of lemmings. They will follow her and her kind into oblivion.

PJ165

Just call your get together a protest. Problem solved.

WebFootSTi

Recall Kate Brown. There is a petition circulating right now if you look for it.

lanquan

Governor,

You are implementing new mask requirements such as;

"Starting on July 15, face coverings will be required outdoors if you can't maintain a safe physical distance"

When will you say it applies to the rioters in Portland?

Why aren't you critical of them? Aren't they adding to the epidemic?

Remember, President Trump acted forcefully while you, Wheeler, Wyden and Merkley..oh and Hardesty too failed to act on the 46 days of riots.

commentor

And during her press conference she took another shot at badmouthing the President.

ItsPolitical

EXACTLY! When her "mandates" apply to EVERYONE (including rioters) maybe then she'll be taken seriously. Maybe.

Son of Fukov

She is violating our rights. She should never be taken seriously as long as that is going on.

Middleofroad

Her days are numbered if she keeps pushing to far. Lock down the State again and this fall she will find out what the voters think of her. The recall election is going to happen sooner rather than later. People that wan tot wear mask and stay at home I support but others have to make a living and do have the right of choice.

commentor

'Gov. Brown limits personal indoor gatherings to 10 people' Not only is the queen violating the First Amendment, 18 U.S. Code § 241. Conspiracy against rights and 18 U.S. Code § 242. Deprivation of rights under color of law, but now with her limiting personal indoor gatherings she is violating the Fourth Amendment that says "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

She is drunk with power and needs to be sobered up. The best way to sober her up is to get that recall petition signed to get her removed from office ASAP.

ItsPolitical

She'll be out of office soon enough, and the recall is too little too late. The long-term damage to Portland has been done and will only get better if/when people stop voting for progressive liberals in the first place.

Son of Fukov

Yes, damage has been done. But unless we recall the damage will continue. Search for Stop The Abuse Kate Brown.

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

And election fraud via vote-by-mail, illegals and the dead voting, and ballot harvesting is ENDED, and Voter ID laws are in place along with voting in the polls on PAPER. Otherwise, the eternal revolving door of liberal miscreants gaining office will continue.

WebFootSTi

She will no longer be governor, but she is also looking at moving on up when blooming, or wyden retires. Back in a 1995 special election after Packwood resigned for what today would be nothing, wyden resigned his 3rd district house seat and has been warming a senate one since 1996. blooming having recently failed at his run for mayor of Portland ran for wyden's house seat and also has been keeping it warm since 1996. By successfully recalling brown stuff we hurt her chances for "Her turn" in DC.

Delta85

So protests mean more to the governor than the safety of Oregonians. Not one mention of how thousands gather each night is harmful to others.... Ohhh we must educate the mintorites on how to deal with the virus.... What?

ItsPolitical

Yes, destroying the economy and demoralizing the police under the guise of "free speech" is more important than the safety of the citizens of Portland. It really is ALL political in the hopes of creating more division and mob rule.

Husky Loyalist

Per Ore Health dept. as of today, 12,438 virus cases with only 237 deaths which is 1.9% and now she wants to restrict the number of family members can come into my home? There is no spike in deaths with the number of positive cases. This is a woman who is drunk on power. Common sense, this is not a pandemic anymore because a pandemic is based on deaths. So, 237 deaths out of 4.5 million Oregonians is 0.0052%. Now you tell me why she continues to punish the citizens.

commentor

'she wants to restrict the number of family members can come into my home?' And by doing so she just violated several of your rights.

Eliza Cassan

Then what? After the illegal lockdown, in a month or two we re-open, and numbers will start to rise again. Locking people in their homes is proven not to work

IBCNU

Blame Trump? Ha, that ridiculous Kate Pelosi. Please stand-down.

Roberto Estrello Demar

Her credibility and authority have been so damaged by her poor judgement that without the Left Wing cabal of Special Interests that hold Portland in their stranglehold, she could not supervise a Sunday-school class.

About 3000 years ago, a very wise man observed "The Tender Mercies of the Evil are Cruel." The real basics are still the same. Strength of personality does not equate to the wisdom we need in Salem. For the good of our state, Kate Brown should surrender her death-grip on Power.

ItsPolitical

Fear an ignorant man or woman more than a lion. - Turkish proverb

failed_leadership

40 days of riots, night after night police declaring them unlawful, downtown looks like a warzone, cant even take my kids due to the profanity spray painted everywhere, KATE, TED AND JO ANN NEED TO GO

ItsPolitical

They are the epitome of the three "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" monkeys.

Kenny Rogers

Good Ol' Gov Kate possesses the wisdom equivalent to that of a shelled pistachio, and that ain't much. To think Gov Kate has knowingly been asleep at the wheel while Downtown Portland transforms into a complete dumpster fire, and that type of experience makes an evening at a Denny's restaurant seem attractive. Gov Kate will hold a firm hand with the dastardly citizens who aren't locked hand and hand protesting, while thousands crammed together fighting the "Good Fight," can joyously roam free without a care in the world. Makes total sense..... Right?

mairez

One of the very few things that I can agree with Gov. Brown on. This virus takes no prisoners. And, it won't go away until we have no new cases for at least a month. The sooner we start, the sooner we can be rid of it.

Squib

No new cases for a month. You are insane

commentor

Feel free to stay in your basement then, @mairez.

Frederick Fukov

It "takes no prisoners?" What the [censored] are you babbling about? "Takes no prisoners" would suggest that EVERYONE who contracts it either dies or gets seriously ill. In fact, the COMPLETE OPPOSITE is true. None of this is even about the "virus" (not disease) any more. This is about political weaponizing, with the expressed intent to direct a desired outcome. That would be to win elections in November. Some of us don't pay attention to CNN.

ItsPolitical

You are as complacent as you are one of the many sheeple Brown adores!

Janni

Mairez,spoken like a true snowflake heheheee.

commentor

I think Queen Kate needs to bone up on these little gems -18 U.S. Code § 241.Conspiracy against rights and 18 U.S. Code § 242.Deprivation of rights under color of law. She is violating both.

Beyondthewhy

Only way to get past this and reach the other side is for at least 60 - 70% of the population to get immunity. It's a no brainer! Look at Sweden, they never did any forced shutdowns or house arrest orders and they've had zero death the past two day and their positive infections are dropping. Wonder why NYC cases aren't spiking again? Just a couple days ago, one clinic was reporting that 68% of their patients were positive with antibodies, meaning they have immunity and aren't spreading the virus. We need to get there and only a couple hundred cases a day it's going to take years for Oregon to reach herd immunity. Let the virus spread!

ItsPolitical

Actually, it would be best for the herd of liberals in Portland to be CULLED, and THEN we'd be on the right track!

Mrbastinado

I so do hope that Gov. Brown gets re-elected. The brains of all the tin-foil hatter's here will supernova.

Yossarian

She;s termed out, though she could seek another term in 2026. In the meantime stop the name-calling and stop pretending you know anything.

ItsPolitical

Hey, no-brainer, Brown CANNOT be re-elected, as her TERM will be over in November. Educate yourself before commenting.

Mockingbird Media

Hey Kate,

Maybe stop counting "Presumptive" cases; there's an idea. Also MORE CASES DO NOT EQUAL MORE DEATHS. Pay attention to the stats, stop fear mongering.

Also, guess what? Less than 200 people died ACROSS THE US for the week of 7-11. This is fear mongering to the EXTREME.

What's the end game here Kate? Keep the entire state in a complete lock down until when? You think this is going to just "disappear?" This is not just going to go away if you hide from it. You either get herd immunity or you prolong the disease cycle indefinitely.

Of course as soon as the election is here this will cease to exist. Because we all know what this is about.

Yossarian

"Because we all know what this is about." --------- Yes, we do.

commentor

It's all about her wanting power and control.

Rocky_2020

So now you think you can tell people what they have a right to do in there own home. Good luck with that Brown.

Punished Snake

Kate can go get bent.

Martycat12

This is a no Brainer. STOP THE PROTESTING GOVERNOR. l am not quite sure you comprehend this. Can't blame it all on average citizens not protesting. Maybe you should step down governor of you turn a deaf ear to the disgusting amount of violence. Guess that's what happens when you have a liberal governor and mayor that do NOT care.

commentor

People, we have 2 choices -

1. Tyranny - the cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of power or control by government

or

2. Freedom - the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

Again, the choice is ours, we can stand as free people or we can bow as subjects.

Son of Fukov

Portland chooses tyranny.

PDX2MtHood

More cases because we are doing a lot more testing than we did in April or May! Look at the data for yourselves. Oh and just in case anyone forgot, most people test negative and the hospitals are not overrun with sick people. Brownie making sure she can keep her state of emergency and stay drunk on power.

commentor

'Dr. Sidelinger called Gov. Brown's new enhanced measures a "targeted" approach to tackle the spread of the coronavirus in Oregon. New cases have been traced to personal social gatherings and workplace outbreaks.' But somehow the rioters, they have since ceased being protesters, are exempted from the personal social gatherings and workplace outbreaks numbers? Sidelinger is just as guilty as Kate Brown in spreading the fear mongering.

Terrell Higgs

Why is not Brown, the sign language interpreter or that goon wearing masks?

Prerunner

You guys crack me up.

Squib

RECALL!

Sign today!

TommyMike

What is she going to do about the riots, primarily in Portland?! These rioters are super spreaders and need to be off the streets...they are directly and indirectly causing harm to people!!

Son of Fukov

During the live video Q&A (of which probably all the call-in people were props) the only question that came up was about Trump's sending federal officers to defend federal property and how she intends to deal with that. No question or concern about the destruction of the city or ongoing rioting. Her loyalty is not to people or the law.

commentor

'While Oregon is still low on infection rate compared to other states, Gov. Brown says she doesn't want to get anywhere close to what Texas looks like.' Well for starters, Texas has a population of 20 million while Oregon only has a population of 4.3 million. So we will never get close to what Texas looks like. Second, Kate Brown is fear mongering plain and simple.

Son of Fukov

Fake, fake, fake! The hospitals are not overrun, the case count is inflated, the death count is virtually zero (deaths with underlying medical conditions = with virus, not from virus). How long are you sheep going to listen to this power crazed would be Marxist dictator? Stand up for your rights, ignore her, and sign the recall petition.

Her little stoolie OHA director Patrick Allen just broke the law while on the Sherwood school board and directing teachers and administrators to vote democrat. Why is he still in this position?

Frederick Fukov

Hey Dr. Sidelinger..you're telling people to risk their own safety, by calling out people who are not complying with Eva Braun..errr..Kate Brown's orders? Isn't that what the bus driver did over in France? How did that work out for him?

NWAmerican

Well that makes it official

I will NEVER vote Democrat again. How do I change party affiliation?

ORChick

You can do it online. Google "Change party affiliation in Oregon" and it will take you to the MyVote site. Good luck and godspeed.

ItsPolitical

Even the most hard-core democrats are sick and tired of the endless corruption and incompetence. Many of my friends are changing their party affiliation to Independent or Republican. The rest deserve what they vote for!

commentor

Recall - Recall - Recall - Recall - Enough of this tyrant! - Recall - Recall - Recall - Recall - Kate Brown has got to go! Recall - Recall. Is Oregon a state of sheeple or is it a state of free people?

Yossarian

Unfortunately.. the answer is, sheeple.

ItsPolitical

Actually, almost 75% vote republican, but the majority of residents live in the most densely populated area (Multnomah county) which ends up being the voice for the entire state. It's this area that's predominantly populated by sheeple.

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