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May 14, 2020

31 counties approved to begin reopening

Governor Kate Brown announced the counties that can begin entering Phase I of reopening on May 15 under her framework for building a safe and strong Oregon. Thirty-one counties have demonstrated they meet all of Oregon’s safety and preparedness criteria for reopening, as well as a declining prevalence of COVID-19.

Thirty-three counties applied to reopen on May 15. This morning Governor Brown announced 28 counties had been approved, and three additional counties were approved in the afternoon. Three Portland Metro-area counties did not apply to reopen. The applications for Marion and Polk counties were not approved, and those counties will be monitored for seven days to see if conditions in those counties have improved.

You can view the reopening status of your county, as well as sector-specific guidance documents with more information about the reopening process, at

For more information, read the governor’s press release or watch the video of Governor Brown’s press conference (English/Spanish).

New online tool launched to support veterans and their families

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs has developed a new online tool to help guide veterans and their families in recovery in the wake of the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 and to inform them of any changes to their earned benefits. The Veteran Resource Navigator is designed to assist veterans from all walks of life in finding the federal, state and local resources that are most needed for their unique circumstances in 2020.

This tool includes resources that are organized by topic, including Economic, Health, Education, Housing and Food, and other resources. The new online Veteran Resource Navigator is available on ODVA’s website now at Veterans can also access additional assistance, by calling an ODVA Veteran Resource Navigator at 800-692-9666.

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Oregon reports 67 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, no new presumptive cases, 3 new deaths

COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 137, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 67 new confirmed cases and no new presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 3,479. The new confirmed cases reported today are in the following counties: Deschutes (2), Linn (2), Malheur (1), Marion (33), Multnomah (19), Polk (1), Umatilla (2), Washington (2), Yamhill (5).

Oregon’s 135th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 11 and died May 13 at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 136th COVID-19 death is a 61-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 22 and died May 12 at Oregon Health & Science University. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 137th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old man in Washington County, who tested positive on March 29 and died May 4 at Providence St Vincent’s Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.