Some Oregon County Commissioners send letter to Gov. Brown upset over move to ‘Extreme’ risk

MEDFORD, Ore. – Elected officials in 27 of Oregon’s 36 counties have sent a letter to Gov. Kate Brown asking her to reconsider the tighter restrictions set to go into effect Friday.

Several Southern Oregon officials signed the letter, including the all-Republican Jackson Co. Board of Commissioners.

The letter is from the Association of Oregon Counties and the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association. It said Gov. Brown’s metrics are hurting restaurants and other hospitality businesses. It also said they believe restaurants have been taking extra precautions, so there isn’t an outbreak. Even with an expansion of outdoor seating allowed in extreme counties, Jackson Co. Commissioner Rick Dyer said it’s not enough.

“Most restaurants don’t have that capability to expand from 50 to 100. Some don’t have the ability for any outdoor seating at all. So it definitely leaves out especially the small locally-owned restaurants that don’t have that capability,” said Commissioner Dyer.

The organization hopes this letter will lead the governor to reconsider. Commissioner Dyer said he thinks the state’s newer metric regarding hospitalizations isn’t right he thinks counties should be judged on their hospital capacities, not statewide ones. He worries many small businesses are already on the brink of closing.

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NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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