The governor of Oregon joined with Washington and California this week to discuss a plan for ending the coronavirus economic shutdown, but Gov. Kate Brown says people shouldn't expect everything to be back to normal all at once.
“This is not a light switch going on or off,” Brown told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Tuesday night. “This is going to be making a change, testing it, modeling it, seeing whether it works, and then if it does, you can make another change.”
Gov. Brown says Oregon needs to “roughly double” its testing capacity before she would feel comfortable with a broad lifting of restrictions, in addition to making sure health care workers have enough personal protective equipment.
Brown says there may be some adaptations made in response to the pandemic that don’t go away even after businesses reopen.
“I think you're going to see broader cultural changes. For example, handshaking,” said Brown. “I think you're going to see a move to a more Asian style of head bowing. I think you're going to see folks really limiting large gatherings for a long period of time -- months.”
"It's going to be different": It comes as Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said that there would be a long path before all coronavirus restrictions were lifted and the state returned to normal.
DeWine said that there were currently no plans to restart basketball, college and universities in Ohio.
“Until there is a vaccine -- this monster is going to be working around us. When we start opening businesses and schools back up, it's going to be different,” Gov. DeWine said.