Under new COVID-19 metrics released Tuesday, students in most Oregon counties may not be able to return to their classrooms this fall, officials said. (July 28)
KATE BROWN: Good afternoon. Thank you all for joining us today.
DEAN SIDELINGER: So, today in Oregon, we are not where we need to be to safely reopen schools. Case rates over the last week were about 50 per 100,000 statewide. Our test positivity is approaching 5%. Our current case rates are higher than they need to be, and are higher than they were in other countries when schools reopened.
At the state level, we'd like to see the percentage of positive tests be at or below 5% in the preceding seven days over three weeks.
At the county level, we'd like to see COVID-19 cases drop below 10 per 100,000 in the population in the preceding seven days.
KATE BROWN: It's extremely challenging and it's going to be really, really hard for kids. I know so many kids that are going to cry when they learn that they can't go to school like normal this year.