GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) – Twenty-five Portland metro area mayors have collectively called for a statewide “stay at home” order from Gov. Kate Brown in a letter published on Saturday.

The mayors convened over a conference call to discuss the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Metropolitan Mayors Consortium Chair Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis. In an “overwhelming majority vote” they agreed the “stay at home” order was needed.

“Collectively, the region’s mayors are doing everything in our power to protect the health, safety and livelihood of more than 1.7 million Oregonians. Republican or Democrat, big city or small, we are in clear agreement. The time for action is now. Delaying this order puts our residents, our first responders and our healthcare system at extreme risk,” said Bemis said in a statement.

The mayors said that they are prepared to enact orders in their own cities if necessary, but say a statewide approach is important.

“It is a time for unprecedented collective action, and strong leadership at the local, state, and federal levels. The nature of a viral pandemic means that no individual city, particularly in a metropolitan area, can defeat this foe alone,” Bemis said.

Virus Outbreak Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown speaks during a press conference with state and local government officials Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Portland to talk about coronavirus plans and protocols in the state. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)

The Metropolitan Mayors Consortium advised Gov. Brown that the Stay at Home order should include:

  1. Oregonians directed to reasonably comply with social distancing requirements at all times.
  2. Non-essential businesses to cease all activities except minimum basic operations; businesses can continue to operate if all employees are working from home.
  3. Essential businesses are encouraged to remain open, while complying with social distancing requirements.
  4. Public and private gatherings prohibited, with exceptions.
  5. Non-essential travel prohibited.

The area’s mayors urge Oregonians to stay home by noting that these actions help ensure the safety of critical medical personnel, first responders and those keeping the supply chain moving.

“Heed the advice you have been given to stay home. It may very well save your life, and it will save the lives of the people you love the most: your friends, family members and loved ones,” Bemis said.

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(14) comments

Pameladancer

COVID 19 with only 0.5 deaths per million in the U.S. is not a pandemic. Democrats are using shelter in place to control us and send us into poverty. We must get back to work, before we become the next Venezuela. Mt Tabor Blondes for TRUMP 2020

Husky Loyalist

Based on four deaths of people who already had compromised health out of 2.4 million people. What tools. And Brown does not have the Constitutional authority to force people to stay home.

No1ofConsequence

Whiny little mayors supporting a whiny, corrupt Governor.

Royce

And look at what is happening in Italy- 4825 dead and 53,500 diagnosed. There needs to be action, and it has to be bi-partisan. Covid-19 doesn’t care if you are Democrat or Republican.

Royce

From Snopes: During a Feb. 28, 2020, campaign rally in South Carolina, President Donald Trump likened the Democrats' criticism of his administration's response to the new coronavirus outbreak to their efforts to impeach him, saying "this is their new hoax." During the speech he also seemed to downplay the severity of the outbreak, comparing it to the common flu.

How can anyone defend Trump on his lackadaisical response. God help us.

Bahlsach

Does mommy have anymore rooms in her basement to rent?

Asking for a friend.

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

Lie, lie, lie, and lie again. The lie that is most often repeated is that President Trump called the virus itself a "hoax." Pundits and politicians alike--from Lawrence O'Donnell to Stephen Colbert to Hillary Clinton, Congressman Tim Ryan, and Senator Sherrod Brown (among countless others)--have spread it so easily that it's almost impossible to remember what Trump actually said. And obfuscating facts is part of their agenda. On February 28th, at a rally in Charleston, South Carolina, the President actually told his audience that unfair media and Democrat criticism of his Administration's handling of Coronavirus was "their new hoax." Not the virus itself. "Trump said that when he used the word 'hoax,' he was referring to Democrats finding fault with his administration’s response to coronavirus, not the virus itself. The public health system has a playbook to follow for pandemic preparation regardless of who’s president or whether specific instructions are coming from the White House. Those plans were put into place in anticipation of another flu pandemic, but are designed to work for any respiratory-borne disease. Even after Trump explained his remarks, some Democrats…continued to wrongly accuse him." The Washington Post gave Democrats' claim four Pinnochios, noting that "the full quote shows Trump is criticizing Democratic talking points and the media’s coverage of his administration’s response to coronavirus. He never says that the virus itself is a hoax." Even the left-wing news site Slate had to admit that Trump "was saying the hoax is that he's handled it badly. Not the virus itself." To further this false narrative that President Trump has endangered Americans by downplaying the severity of a virus whose spread caught him unprepared, Democrats have repeatedly asserted that he cut funding for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Only the President did no such thing. Funding for both the CDC and NIH have actually increased during his presidency. And even the leftist AP reports the steady erosion of a CDC grant program for state and local public health emergency preparedness, the front lines in detecting and battling new disease, was set in motion by a congressional budget measure that predates Trump. If you're factose intolerant, ask your doctor if reality is right for YOU.

lanquan

All you mayors should stay home too. File for unemployment and feel the pain a hardworking taxpayer has been forced to face because of your hardy approval of Kate's edict. All state workers, city and county workers should also file for unemployment. I'm sure they're all ready to share the pain that the governor has declared we should suffer. Having us all suffer equally is too little to ask!

Husky Loyalist

Yup 4 deaths and let's all just panic even more. 97% of those infected are or have recovered.

Just curious

Where did you find that info? I have been searching ever since the first person went to Kaiser Hospital on Feb. 28.

Kire

These are OK if they are guidelines or strong suggestions. If they are enforceable then they violate the constitution. We all have a moral obligation to comply but the government does not have the authority under the constitution to enforce these restrictions. When will the stinking liberals recogize they serve the people, not the other way around.

sagebrush

Typical of the Portland area. Liberal losers trying to tell the entire state what to do. They can kiss off. Unlike the ignorant residents of Portland, I have common sense and don't need to be ordered around like a bunch of dummies.

Charlatan

No.

Bahlsach

That's one happy looking party right there.

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