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Oregon declares state of emergency due to coronavirus

Posted at 5:11 PM, Mar 08, 2020

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a press release, Oregon health officials identified seven new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon Sunday, which brings the total to 14.

The state of emergency allows the Oregon Health Authority and the state Public Health Director to deploy emergency volunteer health care professionals, designate emergency health care centers and issue guidelines for private businesses regarding appropriate work restrictions among other things.

The state of emergency will last 60 days, but can be extended until the public health threat of the coronavirus is contained according to officials.