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BREAKING: Governor Gives Coos County Green Light to Reopen
Coos County Commissioners received word late Wednesday, its Phase 1 application has been approved by Governor Kate Brown and will begin lifting restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The action goes into effect Friday. Board Vice-Chair Bob Main says he is aware the past two months have been difficult for citizens and businesses. But each person should remain vigilant concerning contact with others outside of immediate families as the county reopens.
Restaurants, retailers, personal care providers and gyms will be able to open with limitations and certain restrictions under Phase 1. Churches and local gatherings with fewer than 25 people will also be allowed with distancing and sanitation requirements. In the letter issuing approval, the Governor said the county met all the prerequisites but cautioned reopening does not come without risks. She went on to say every restriction lifted can lead to the potential increase in transmission of the virus. Contact tracing, testing and personal protective equipment requirements she says will be essential to mitigate a virus transmission increase.
Commissioner Main called on businesses and citizens to do their part to proceed with caution and thanked everyone in Coos County who stayed safe in the unprecedented and trying time. The Oregon Health Authority will be monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in the county and state, and will be ready to work with the county should any concerns arise.