This Governor Just Ordered a Statewide "Freeze"
This week the COVID-19 pandemic picked up steam, with infections, hospitalizations, and even deaths surging, across the country. Some states even broke their own grim records — and continue to daily. In hopes of slowing the spread of the virus, responsible for the deaths of over 243,000 Americans, some states are opting to transition into lockdown mode.
On Friday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued a partial lockdown for the state, resulting in mass closures and limiting social gatherings weeks before the holiday season kicks off. Read on to hear her full warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The "Freeze" Goes Into Effect Wednesday
The "freeze," which will go into effect on Wednesday, November 18 until at least December 2, will impact the entire state. "These risk reduction measures are critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19, reducing risk in communities more vulnerable to serious illness and death, and helping conserve hospital capacity so that all Oregonians can continue to have access to quality care," Brown's office said in a press release.
According to OPB, the new regulations include will include:
- No indoor or outdoor dining. Restaurants and bars will be limited to takeout only.
- Gyms and other indoor recreational activities as well as museums and other indoor activities will be closed.
- Outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, and entertainment venues will also be closed. However, city parks and playgrounds will remain open.
- All businesses will mandate that employees work from home when possible, and to close offices to the public.
- Grocery and retail stores will be limited to 75% capacity, encouraging curbside pickup service.
- Visits to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will be prohibited.
- All social gatherings — whether indoors or out — can include no more than six people from two households.
- Worship services will be limited to 25 people when indoors and 50 people when outdoors.
On Thursday, the number of infections in the state passed 1,000 for the first time in the pandemic with the addition of 1,122 new cases Thursday. Health officials attribute the uptick in cases to the colder weather driving people indoors.
"When people become ill, we need to assure that there are enough hospital beds, PPE, and staff to prepare," Brown said Tuesday during a media briefing. "This is very serious. Oregon is headed on the wrong road."
Oregon — along with Washington and California — have joined together for a "travel advisory," urging people to avoid unnecessary travel, and also self-quarantine if they travel to or from another state.
"As hospitals across the West are stretched to capacity, we must take steps to ensure travelers are not bringing this disease home with them," Brown said in a statement. "If you do not need to travel, you shouldn't."
How to Avoid Dying During the Pandemic
As for yourself, no matter where you live, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place, and follow Fauci's fundamentals so we don't have to lock down: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, stay outdoors more than indoors, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.