Building a Safe and Strong Oregon | Reopening Criteria


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Oregon Governor Kate Brown has outlined a phased approach to reopening Oregon’s communities and economy in an effort to allow individual counties to begin reopening if they have met specific health and safety criteria. These criteria are designed to ensure each county has the capacity to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect those at highest risk of severe disease as we work to build a safe and strong Oregon.


Health and Safety Criteria for Reopening

The criteria below must be met before a county can enter Phase 1 of reopening. While many measures are set at the county level, some are set at the health region or statewide level. 

Declining Prevalence of COVID-19

We must see fewer Oregonians getting sick from COVID-19. 

Percent of emergency department visits for COVID-19-like illness is less than historic average for flu at the same time of year

The percentage of emergency department visits for the flu or flu-like illness normally averages 1.5% when it is not flu season* (May through September). Statewide, emergency visits for COVID-19-like illness must stay below the seasonal average for any counties to reopen.

Statewide: 0.7% - Met


COVID-19 hospital admissions show a 14-day decline

Statewide, COVID-19 hospitalizations need to be going down.

Statewide: Met

Counties where more than 5 people have been hospitalized for severe COVID-19 symptoms in the past 28 days must see declining hospitalizations for 14 days in order to begin reopening.

By County: See below

Applies to these countiesDoes not apply to these counties
Clackamas
Not Met
Baker, Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Lake, Lane, Linn, Malheur, Morrow, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wallowa, Wasco, Wheeler, Yamhill
Klamath
Met
Lincoln
Met
Marion
Met
Multnomah
Met
Umatilla
Met
Union
Met
Washington
Not Met

This measure does not apply to counties with 5 or fewer hospitalizations for severe COVID-19 symptoms in the past 28 days.


Public Health Indicators Dashboard

OHA is monitoring 6 indicators to measure the health burden of COVID-19 and the public health capacity to respond. These indicators help OHA understand the health impact of COVID-19 in communities across the state and make recommendations as appropriate, and are separate from the Governor’s reopening criteria.

The two measures of declining prevalence of COVID-19 shown above on this page are included in more detail in this dashboard.

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Last updated 7/2/2020


Minimum Testing Requirements

We must be able to test enough Oregonians so we can slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Region has the capacity to test 30 people per 10,000 residents each week

The table below shows the testing capacity for each region per week. An individual county cannot begin to reopen if the regional testing capacity is under 30 people per week. The table also shows the rate of actual tests done the previous week. NOTE: In Oregon, there is not a region 4 or region 8.

By Region: See below

Health RegionTesting Capacity per WeekTesting Rate Per Week
Region 1
Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas
71 people per 10,000
Met
20 people per 10,000
Region 2
Yamhill, Polk, Lincoln, Benton, Marion, Linn
35 people per 10,000
Met
18 people per 10,000
Regions 3 and 5
Lane, Douglas, Coos, Curry, Jackson, Josephine
66 people per 10,000
Met
28 people per 10,000
Regions 6 and 9
Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Baker, Malheur
75 people per 10,000
Met
22 people per 10,000
Region 7
Jefferson, Deschutes, Crook, Wheeler, Grant, Klamath, Lake, Harney
61 people per 10,000
Met
17 people per 10,000

Last updated 5/15/2020


Contact Tracing System

Contact tracing is an important strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracers call people who have tested positive and anyone they may have potentially exposed to the virus and provide education, information, and support.

County has access to at least 15 contact tracers per 100,000 people (full time equivalent hours or FTE) and is prepared to trace 95% of all new cases within 24 hours

The table below shows the number of case investigators and contact tracers each county has trained and available as they hire and train staff to perform this key function. The goal set out in the reopening criteria was to have 15 contact tracers per 100,000 people. Case investigators generally can perform contact tracing. 

Counties that applied to reopen starting on May 15 provided details in their applications about their plans to meet this criteria, and all have met the state's contact tracing capacity requirements. OHA requested additional information from local public health authorities about their contact tracing and case investigation capability in a survey finalized on June 17, 2020. The results of that survey are provided below. In addition, OHA is redeploying and training 100 OHA staff to support contact tracing in counties while local officials expand their contact tracing capacity or in support of counties experiencing outbreaks.

By County

Contact Tracing Capacity
As reported by counties. 
Case investigators generally can perform contact tracing. OHA’s contact tracing and case investigation surge staff are not included in this table.
Baker
2 Required - On Track
Case investigators: 2
Contact tracers: 12 on call
Harney
1 Required On Track
Case investigators: 3
Contact tracers: 0.5
Morrow
2 Required On Track
Case investigators: 2
Contact tracers: 2, plus 2 in process
Benton
14 Required On Track
Case investigators: 5
Contact tracers: 18
Hood River
4 Required On Track
Case investigators: 7
Contact tracers: 15
Multnomah
122 Required On Track
Case investigators: 34, plus 19 part time
Contact tracers: 10
Clackamas
63 Required On Track
Case investigators: 8.45, plus 8 in training
Contact tracers: 3.4, plus 9.2 in training
Jackson
33 Required On Track
Case investigators: 4
Contact tracers: 39
Polk
13 Required On Track
Case investigators: 3
Contact tracers: 25
Clatsop
6 Required On Track
Case investigators: 5
Contact tracers: 12
Jefferson
4 Required On Track
Case investigators: 6
Contact tracers: 2
Sherman
(Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam - North Central Public Health District)
4 Required On Track
Case investigators: 2
Contact tracers: 3
Columbia
8 Required On Track
Case investigators: 6
Contact tracers: In process of training
Josephine
13 Required On Track
Case investigators: 5
Contact tracers: 15
Tillamook
4 Required On Track
Case investigators: 1
Contact tracers: 16
Coos
10 Required On Track
Case investigators: 4
Contact tracers: 8
Klamath
10 Required On Track
Case investigators: 5
Contact tracers: 5
Umatilla
12 Required On Track
Case investigators: 6
Contact tracers: 0
Crook
4 Required On Track
Case investigators: 3
Contact tracers: 3
Lake
1 Required On Track
Case investigators: 2
Contact tracers: 2
Union
4 Required On Track
Case investigators: 3
Contact tracers: 2, plus 2 in hiring process
Curry
3 Required On Track
Contact tracers: 5*
Lane
57 Required On Track
Case investigators: 8
Contact tracers: 63
Wallowa*
Provided by OHA
*Public health services provided by OHA
Deschutes
30 Required On Track
Case investigators: 12
Contact tracers: 4
Lincoln
7 Required On Track
Case investigators: 15
Contact tracers: 20
Wasco
(Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam - North Central Public Health District)
4 Required On Track
Case investigators: 2
Contact tracers: 3
Douglas
17 Required On Track
Contact tracers: 2.5*
Linn
19 Required On Track
Contact tracers: 3*
Washington
90 Required On Track
Case investigators: 22
Contact tracers: 46
Gilliam
(Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam - North Central Public Health District)
4 Required On Track
Case investigators: 2
Contact tracers: 3
Malheur
5 Required On Track
Case investigators: 3
Contact tracers: 4
Wheeler
0 Required On Track
Case investigators: 0.25
Contact tracers: 0.5
Grant
1 Required On Track
Case investigators: 1
Contact tracers: 0, plus 1 in hiring process
Marion
52 Required On Track
Case investigators: 20
Contact tracers: 10
Yamhill
16 Required On Track
Case investigators: 4
Contact tracers: 13

*Based on data provided as of April 24, 2020.

Last updated 7/2/2020


Isolation Facilities

The Oregon Health Authority will support local public health to provide shelter for people unable to isolate or quarantine where they usually reside. 

County has hotel rooms, or other shelter options, available for those who cannot self-isolate and has provided plans for how they will respond to outbreak situations

Counties that apply to reopen provide details in their applications about plans for isolation facilities.  View county applications

By County: See individual applications


Finalized Statewide Sector Guidelines

Employers have a responsibility to keep their employees and customers safe. The Oregon Health Authority has provided guidelines for each sector to help lower the risk of infection.

Oregon Health Authority has posted employer guidance by sector

Sector guidance is available on the Oregon Health Authority's COVID-19 web page in multiple languages.  View Sector Guidance

Statewide: Met


Sufficient Healthcare Capacity

Regions must be able to accommodate a 20% increase in suspected or confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations compared to the number of suspected or confirmed cases in the region on April 27, the date Governor Brown's Executive Order 20-22 was issued.

Region can manage a 20% surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations

Hospitals are required to attest that they can meet this metric. NOTE: In Oregon, there is not a region 4 or region 8.

By Region: See below

Health Region Meeting Goal
Region 1
Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas
Yes
Region 2
Yamhill, Polk, Lincoln, Benton, Marion, Linn
Yes
Regions 3 and 5
Lane, Douglas, Coos, Curry, Jackson, Josephine
Yes
Regions 6 and 9
Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Baker, Malheur
Yes
Region 7
Jefferson, Deschutes, Crook, Wheeler, Grant, Klamath, Lake, Harney
Yes

Last updated 5/15/2020


Sufficient PPE Supply

All hospitals must report their supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) daily to OHA. Large hospitals and health systems in the region must have a 30-day supply of PPE, and rural or small hospitals must have a 14-day supply.

Hospitals in the region are reporting their supply of PPE daily

Hospitals are required to report their PPE supply daily in the HOSCAP system. To resume elective procedures, hospitals are required to attest that PPE supplies are adequate. NOTE: In Oregon, there is not a region 4 or region 8.

By Region: See below

Health RegionMeeting Goal
Region 1
Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas
Yes
Region 2
Yamhill, Polk, Lincoln, Benton, Marion, Linn
Yes
Regions 3 and 5
Lane, Douglas, Coos, Curry, Jackson, Josephine
Yes
Regions 6 and 9
Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Baker, Malheur
Yes
Region 7
Jefferson, Deschutes, Crook, Wheeler, Grant, Klamath, Lake, Harney
Yes

Last updated 5/15/2020



Safe Reopening: A Science-driven Framework

Oregon Plans

Summary Documents

Guidance Documents

  • See OHA Guidance for general and sector-specific guidance.

 Reopening Guidance Tool

Executive Orders

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