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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday that the state will be entering a “two-week freeze” from November 18 until at least December 2 in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 amid another wave of new cases.

“The virus is spreading in the community and, every day, it is infecting more and more Oregonians. This situation is dangerous and our hospitals have been sounding the alarm,” Brown said in a press release.

On Friday, Oregon reported 1,058 new cases, bringing its total to 54,937 — a 13% spike over the past week — according to The COVID-19 Tracking Project. A record 356 people are currently hospitalized, bringing the total ever hospitalized to 3,628.

“If we want to give Oregon a fighting chance, we must take further measures to flatten the curve and save lives. I know this is hard, and we are weary. But, we are trying to stop this ferocious virus from quickly spreading far and wide. And in Oregon, we actually can do this,” she added.

Brown said some “hotspot” counties will likely need to extend measures adopted under the freeze for longer than two weeks — including Multnomah County, where Portland is located, which Brown said will …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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