Gov. Brown extends Covid emergency until June 2022

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced an extension of the state Covid-19 emergency until June 2022.

Under current restrictions, Oregon appears to be among the only seven states with the strongest restrictions.

Excerpts from Governor Brown’s press release;

“..Please, do your part again––get vaccinated, get your booster shot, and wear a mask.”

The emergency declaration continues to be necessary to provide flexibility and resources for the state’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, including allowing for the use of SERV-OR volunteer medical providers in hospitals, providing flexibility around professional health licensing, and ensuring Oregon can continue to access all available federal disaster relief funds available, such as enhanced SNAP benefits. Executive Order 21-36 will remain in effect until June 30, 2022, unless earlier rescinded or extended.

Most of the Governor’s executive orders regarding COVID-19 were rescinded on June 30, 2021. In responding to the subsequent Delta surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the Governor for the most part did not use her executive authority to issue new emergency orders. She did take other steps, such as activating the Oregon National Guard to help support hospital workers, and coordinating with the Oregon Health Authority to bring skilled healthcare workers to Oregon to support hospital and long-term care facility staff.

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