11 MAY, 2020 - DATA SEZ' KATE BROWN WAS WRONG
When an angry Kate Brown added to her original 8 March COVID19 Executive Orders on 28 March by ordering Oregonians to "Stay Home" ... and Oregon controls were set, and then again on 2 May when she extended that "Stay-at-Home" executive order to 6 July ... We applauded Kate Brown... but we (here) still questioned if Oregonians, with their small-town local governments, and minimal health systems even have the ability to comprehend and understand a Virus at all ? (much less "see" or respond to an Oregon pandemic surge ?).
Now... the changed timing of this "new" mandate, reaks of lobbied complaint-pressure-yield dynamics... on 2 May, she extended the lockdown until "after" the Fourth of July, then, on 7 May (five days later) ... after local governments and food/entertainment groups cried loudly about money, and discussed who will be governor next term... she reverses course.
On 7 May, at 2:55-3.05 minutes into her "Reopen Oregon" Press briefing, Governor Kate Brown states that "From the very onset of this crisis I have said that Data and Science will guide and inform my decisions... and Science and Data remain my guideposts as we now begin the reopening of Oregon"
12 May update in hearings with Dr. Fauci..."In order to proceed to the first of three stages, states would need to see an uninterrupted decrease in coronavirus cases over a 14-day period."
Perhaps the only valid comment from her most recent News brief was that “Reopening any part of our state comes with risk, this virus is still very dangerous and it still poses a great threat. Until there is a vaccine, unfortunately, we will not be going back to life as we knew it. Not here in Oregon or frankly anywhere".
Obviously ... Votes and Money talk, the fear of financials and loss of votes is simply greater than the fear of the virus or the respect for the OHA... and all who work the trenches daily.