Oregon Gov. Kate Brown warned that the state needs to take further action to keep the number of new Covid-19 cases under control and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.
“Modeling from the Oregon Health Authority shows that if we don’t take further action to reduce the spread of the disease, our hospitals could be overwhelmed by new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations within weeks,” Brown said in a statement on Monday.
She said "over the last month, we have seen the disease spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties." The governor urged people to keep Fourth of July celebrations “small and local.”
“Another spike in cases after the upcoming holiday weekend could put Oregon in a dangerous position,” Brown added.
Some context: Oregon has seen a steep growth in Covid-19 cases in June including the state’s highest day of new cases, 222, on June 16, according to the state’s health authority.