Expect things to look a little different around Douglas County from now on, in the wake of Gov. Kate Brown’s Thursday announcement that 28 counties, including Douglas County, would be allowed to start what’s called a Phase I reopening.

Oregon and Douglas County governments announced details Thursday about what the reopening authorized under Phase I will look like, and when counties might have a shot at moving into Phase II.

Ultimately, the governor anticipates a three-phase process for returning to business as usual, but she cautioned that even those counties entering Phase I today will have a three-week wait before they will be allowed to apply for the next phase.

Brown said she knows many will be unhappy with the details of Friday’s reopening.

“Some people will hear these rules and see the list of counties entering Phase I and say we are still being too restrictive. Others will hear the exact same information and say we are moving too quickly to reopening the economy. I’ve been in this job long enough to know that I am not here to make everyone happy,” Brown said in a press conference Thursday.

She said her focus is on protecting the health and safety of Oregonians while understanding that job losses also have a negative impact on physical and mental health.

To obtain authorization for a Phase I reopening, counties had to prove they had a decrease in cases and hospitalizations, and that they had adequate plans in place to trace contacts of people who test positive and address any increase in COVID-19 cases.

Remaining in Phase I isn’t a sure thing. Brown said if counties see an increase in positive tests or hospitalizations, they could be subject to new stay-at-home orders.

Of the state’s 36 counties, three in the Portland area (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington) did not apply to reopen yet. Marion and Polk counties applied but were denied, the governor said. Their status will be reviewed weekly. And Jefferson, Umatilla and Morrow Counties are still under review and have been asked to provide more information to the state.

The details of what would be allowed in Phase II and III reopenings are still being worked out, but according to the governor’s webpage, Phase II might include increasing gatherings to 100 people, increasing office work and allowing limited nursing home visitation.

The move into Phase I means that Douglas County residents can now gather in groups of 25, rather than just 10. That still puts most fairs and festivals, many of which have continued to announce closures this week, out of reach. Counties would have to reach Phase III before they’d be allowed to have large gatherings like festivals, and that won’t happen until there’s a reliable vaccine, Brown said.

And Phase I doesn’t resolve the complaint of some local churches who want to reopen their doors.

But Phase I does allow many businesses whose doors have been closed — most notably stores, restaurants, gyms and personal service businesses like hair salons — to reopen. Restaurants, which had been limited to takeout only, can reopen their dining rooms so long as they ensure social distancing is maintained.

Restaurants and bars won’t be able to offer buffets, salad bars, karaoke, pool or bowling.

Gyms won’t be able to open their showers or swimming pools.

These rules are among the many guidelines issued by the Oregon Health Authority this week.

Those rules also say restaurants and bars must limit the number of customers and ensure tables are spaced at least six feet apart and remove seating if necessary. Customers will sit at every other booth if seating is back to back. Employees will wear masks, and the establishments will close by 10 p.m.

Barbershops and beauty salons will offer haircuts and other services by appointment only and will have to screen clients prior to their appointments. When customers arrive, they’ll wait in their car until it’s time for their haircut. Salons will also have to keep records of their clients and employees will wear masks. Customers are encouraged to wear masks too, but it’s not required.

Childcare is being allowed to resume, with limitations on the number of children who can be grouped together in a room.

Residents of the counties that have reached Phase I are able now to travel for recreational purposes, the governor said. Several state parks have reopened along the Southern Oregon Coast, including the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, though overnight camping is still closed through at least June 8. A map of which sites are open or closed is available at https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.dsp_parkstatus

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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Remember Ignaz Semmelweis

The lockdowns are doing a lot of harm, and they are hardly the only way to fight the virus.

Much more emphasis is needed on nutrition than the largely bad advice coming from the mainstream medical system. There are many nutrients that can reduce COVID-19 death risk and reduce the risk of infection or harm from many other viral infections, too.

https://anh-usa.org/cronyism-undermines-natural-covid-treatment/

But government will not tell you that because it is cooperating with terrorizing you to prep you for highly profitable drugs and mandatory vaccines that may kill more people than SARS-CoV-2 alone could do.

Mike

Contrary to DPHN, the Oregon Health Authority reported today that Douglas County had another positive coronavirus case, bringing the total to 25. Meanwhile, DPHN still lists only 24 positive cases. I wonder which one is correct.

https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

Mike

Douglas County Transparency Murdered.

Yesterday, NRToday published an article announcing future videos of Douglas County Board of Commissioner meetings will no longer be made available to the public. The title of the article is, “County commissioner meeting videos halted, may not resume,” by Carisa Cegavske. Board Chairman Chris Boice is quoted saying, “My direction to them is that I don’t care if they livestream the meetings ever again.”

When first told of this announcement, I was initially unable to find the article using the NRToday search function even though it had been published hours earlier. It was also not mentioned in the daily briefing email I receive daily from NRToday. I eventually found the article using google and have attached the link below.

The public should indeed question this unilateral decision by our county commissioners to reduce the transparency of their actions. The fact that Board Chairman Boice made this unilateral decision without putting it on a Board of Commissioners meeting agenda for discussion both by the public and among his fellow commissioners is alarming. For those who don’t understand my concern over how policy decisions are made and tax dollars are spent, they need only read the vague and meaningless Board of Commissioner meeting notes which are severely edited by the commissioners before being published after each meeting. Or should I say, supposedly published. Meeting notes from the last two Board of Commissioner meetings have yet to be published.

Douglas County commissioners want deniability for voicing their opinions and to hide illegal or unpopular actions. The easiest way of accomplishing this is by eliminating audio and video evidence of their wrongdoing. The public should be deeply troubled by commissioner Boice’s decision to eliminate transparency.

https://www.nrtoday.com/news/government/douglas_county_government/county-commissioner-meeting-videos-halted-may-not-resume/article_74fc5c27-06f2-5fc3-8bfd-bb26e7b2fae0.html

Remember Ignaz Semmelweis

That's disappointing they are yet another government wanting to hide and cover up their conduct.

Less government, transparent government, and an informed and aware citizenry generally means much better government and results.

Mike

On Sunday, U.S. coronavirus cases will exceed 1,500,000 and deaths will exceed 90,000.

Remember Ignaz Semmelweis

They want you scared so you can be profitably controlled, which is why they keep hyping the statistics while failing to tell you that poor nutrition is what is killing people more than their lab-released virus. Low nutrients such as vitamins C and D3, zinc, potassium, and others are connected to COVID-19 death risk increasing.

Informed people can be healthy inexpensively to their own budgets.

Ignorant people can be sick profitably to the medical industry.

On top of that, the tests they are using are unreliable with many of them reporting huge numbers of false positives.

So really you should not be relying upon the absolute numbers as they are meaningless with such unreliable tests. Maybe looking at velocity (changes in numbers and direction of changes) could be more useful.

Mike

CDC warns doctors about childhood inflammatory syndrome linked to Covid-19

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/mis-c-cdc-warns-doctors-about-childhood-inflammatory-syndrome-linked-to-covid-19/ar-BB146eLl

Remember Ignaz Semmelweis

This supposed childhood inflammatory syndome may not have anything to do with COVID-19 at all. That may just be more propaganda designed to flame fear to control the population to induce them to help destroy themselves and their nations.

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/inflammatory-syndrome-affecting-children-kawasaki-disease-covid-19-or-something-else/

The link above discusses ties with between that inflammatory childhood disease and certain vaccines. CDC is the among the last people you should trust, down there with pedophiles, drug pushers, and other disgusting dregs who would gladly harm children for a profit.

CDC is a vaccine company that sells $5 billion per year in vaccines and commits scientific fraud to cover up injuries they are causing. For example, look up senior CDC scientists William S. Thompson and the CDC fraud on the MMR vaccine and its ties to elevated autism rates. Go watch the documentary VAXXED for a lot more details including recorded statements from Thompson about the fraud.

The US has very high infant mortality rates for a supposedly developed nation, huge spending on sickcare for a chronically diseased population with some of the worth health outcomes in the world, and yet they want to keep blaming things left and right on a virus.

Greedy people are trying to fool you to be very afraid of the wrong things so you will give up your freedoms, income, and nation in hopes of saving your lives. But they are not telling you what you really need to be doing to be healthy, because frankly they want you sick, desperate, easy to control, and easy to exploit. Being healthy would defeat them, so healthy people is the absolute last thing they want.

Bill Gates is one of these greedy people behind it all.

https://youtu.be/igx86PoU7v8

Mike

While the US may have performed the most number of coronavirus tests, it's nowhere near the world's leader in testing per capita. More than 30 countries were ranked higher than the US in per capita testing. And health experts say the US isn't close to the rate of testing needed to safely reopen the economy.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/coronavirus-testing-per-capita-studies-show-us-is-far-from-the-world-s-leader/ar-BB13ZVWA

CitizenJoe

Yes, and: timing is critical. Had we tested adequately back when we had "just 15 cases, going down to near zero," we would have needed far fewer tests overall.

Remember Ignaz Semmelweis

Many of the tests are unreliable junk. FDA hasn't even been validating them, leaving it up to manufacturers. They could be little more accurate than rolling dice, yet are reported as if they have scientific accuracy.

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