PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health authorities said Thursday that 13 more people have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus.
That brings the state’s total to 88 cases. Three people have died.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday in a call with the news media that she doesn’t currently plan to issue a statewide order for people to shelter in place to slow the spread of coronavirus.
She said, however, that if Oregonians don’t take the social distancing measures seriously, she may have to consider such a step.
Brown has already ordered a six-week statewide school closure, a ban on gatherings of more than 25 people and shutdown of bar and restaurant operations other than takeout and delivery for at least four weeks.
Thousands of people, most in the hospitality industry, have lost their jobs overnight and unemployment claims have soared.
“I am asking Oregonians to comply with the aggressive social distancing measures that we have in place,” Brown said. “My message to Oregonians is that by complying with these measures, you will save lives and one of those lives could be your own.”