21 days must pass before Phase 2 consideration

(Press release from Grant County Economic Development)

GRANT COUNTY – Grant County has been approved to begin Phase 1 of Governor Kate Brown’s reopening plan for Oregon.

Phase 1 includes guidance for restaurants, personal services providers, retail and gyms. The Governor’s plan did not include guidance for some sectors, like places of worship. Grant County’s Phase 1 Plan initially included Places of Worship, but it was removed by the Governor’s Office.

Phase 1 will begin for Grant County on Friday, May 15. The types of restrictions that are relaxed in Phase 1, and by how much, are determined by the State. Counties are responsible for demonstrating that local systems (private and public) are in place to continue providing a public health response to COVID-19.

Grant County’s Phase 1 Plan was only possible due to the close working relationship of our various Emergency Operations Center (EOC) like the Grant County Health Department, Community Counseling Solutions, Grant County Economic Development, various business partners from different business sectors, Blue Mountain Hospital, Grant County Commissioners to name a few.

“Grant County’s application to begin Phase 1 was developed with the health and safety of our community as the topmost priority,” said Grant County COVID-19 Incident Commander Dave Dobler.

“We will continue, as the county’s public health authority, to respond to COVID-19 while at the same time we begin to increase our focus on supporting recovery, including economic recovery and the recovery of our vulnerable populations.”

At least 21 days must pass before Grant County can request moving to Phase 2. In order to be approved and keep moving through the phases, Grant County must be able to demonstrate and maintain several key things, including:

* decreasing COVID-19 cases for at least 14 days

* sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical personnel and first responders

* sufficient contact tracing resources

* sufficient testing capacity to track the disease

Approval for Phase 1 was made possible because of all the hard work and collaboration with the County Commissioners, the EOC, medical staff, Economic Development, Oregon RAIN, and community leaders.

“Approval for Phase 1 is a positive indicator of our collective efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Grant County,” said Dobler. “We need our community to continue being smart about maintaining physical distance, practicing good hygiene and wearing masks when distancing cannot be maintained so that we can keep our loved ones, neighbors, and coworkers healthy.”

More information, including a copy of Grant County’s draft reopening plan and links to the Governor’s Phase 1 guidance, is available at grantcountycovid.com.