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Kate Brown Extends Emergency til June 2022
Your freedom is right around the corner, maybe

Governor Kate Brown once again extended her declaration of a state of emergency in Oregon, citing the impending Omicron variant surge.

“As Oregon prepares for what could be our worst surge in hospitalizations during this pandemic, I know that this is not the beginning of the new year any of us had hoped for,” said Governor Brown. “Time and again over the last two years, Oregonians have proven that we will stand with each other in our most difficult times. Your actions have saved lives, and it is because we have worked together to keep each other safe that Oregon still has some of the lowest infection and mortality rates in the nation. Please, do your part again––get vaccinated, get your booster shot, and wear a mask.”

The emergency declaration continues, with Kate Brown claiming that it is necessary to provide flexibility and resources for the state’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, including allowing for the use of SERV-OR volunteer medical providers in hospitals, providing flexibility around professional health licensing, and ensuring Oregon can continue to access all available federal disaster relief funds available, such as enhanced SNAP benefits. Executive Order 21-36 will remain in effect until June 30, 2022, unless earlier rescinded or extended.

Most of the Governor’s executive orders regarding COVID-19 were rescinded on June 30, 2021.

She then issued vaccine mandates upon news of the Delta variant. She also took other steps, such as activating the Oregon National Guard, and coordinated with the Oregon Health Authority to bring healthcare workers to Oregon after mandating vaccinations for healthcare workers.

Oregon’s requirements in place today regarding masks, vaccinations for K-12 educators and staff, and vaccinations for healthcare workers do not rely on the state of emergency declaration––instead, they are covered by agency administrative rules issued under existing state authority.


--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-12-21 16:42:34Last Update: 2021-12-21 17:10:30



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