Oregon declares state of emergency over coronavirus outbreak

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak as the number of confirmed cases in the state doubled to a total of 14, Brown announced Sunday. 

Brown authorized the state of emergency by verbal proclamation Saturday night around 8:14 p.m. and confirmed it in an executive order Sunday morning. 

“I’ve consulted with Oregon Health Authority and I am declaring a state of emergency to make sure we are able to swiftly deploy the personnel and resources necessary to address coronavirus in Oregon,” Brown announced at a press conference Sunday. 

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The state of emergency gives the Oregon Health Authority and Office of Emergency Management all resources at the state’s disposal to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Brown said. 

The state of emergency will remain in effect for 60 days, but can be extended.

The seven new cases are the result of contact with another known case, The Oregonian reported.