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Governor Kate Brown
Coronavirus Press Conference - Stay Home, Stay Healthy
March 20, 2020​

Good evening everyone, 

Since the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Oregon, life has changed for all of us.

It’s not just here at home. This disease has truly transformed our way of life - for Oregonians, for Americans, and for people across the globe.

Here in Oregon, we all see the storm that is coming. But we still have time to change its course.

Tonight I’m joined by Multnomah County Chair, Deborah Kafoury and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. 

We all talked several times today and met earlier this afternoon to come forward with a unified plan that works for people in the Portland metropolitan area, and across the state. 

We are standing here together, on the eve of Spring Break, with a very important message for Oregonians.

Social distancing done well, and done early can save lives.

We have agreed on a plan called “Stay home, stay healthy,” which is both an order and a public awareness campaign. 

We have put into place aggressive social distancing orders to protect you, our neighbors and our most vulnerable. 

To protect Oregonians.

I have been very clear: social distancing measures are the most effective way to flatten the curve and slow the spread of this virus. 

But these measures don’t work unless we all follow them every single day. 

Every action we take has impact, in this new reality of living with COVID-19.

We are all in this together. 

Your actions right now truly mean the difference between life and death, for yourself and for others.

I know this is extremely difficult for everyone

This is a very bitter pill.

It’s not easy for those who cannot visit their loved ones in nursing homes, long-term care facilities or hospitals.

It’s not easy for parents trying to balance work and child care while schools are closed.

It’s not easy for the thousands of Oregonians whose employers have had to close their doors.

None of this is easy. 

There is still time for all of us to make a difference. And I want to thank everyone who has been observing these measures.

We all need to Stay Home to Stay Healthy. ​​