Oregon Governor Kate Brown has said she is pausing reopening plans with the state “headed on the wrong road” and running out of hospital capacity.
“Our fears that this virus would spread out of control when the colder months set in are certainly becoming a frightening reality,” Brown said at a news conference Tuesday.
Brown said she was ordering a “two-week pause” in four more counties where community transmission is on the rise, with nine now under additional restrictions. Restaurants and indoor events are reduced to a maximum of 50 people and businesses are encouraged to mandate working from home, according to a statement Monday.
Oregon is headed on the wrong road,” Brown said Tuesday, emphasizing that the state is running out of hospital space.
Dr. Dana Hargunani, Oregon Health Authority’s chief medical officer, said at the news conference that the state has 146 available intensive care beds -- just 20% of its total ICU capacity, according to its Covid-19 dashboard. Hargunani also noted that they only have 701 regular, adult beds available -- 15.6% of the state’s overall capacity.
“While we have plans in place to share beds and ventilators if necessary, that needs to be a last resort,” Brown said Tuesday.
“We cannot and should not be relying on the fact that our hospital systems can withstand a surge.”
“I need Oregonians to know it's not too late to do the right thing,” Brown said as she urged residents to wear masks and stay home when feeling sick.