Dr. Esther Choo speaks on the dangers of medical facilities reaching capacity if Oregonians do not heed new restrictions imposed by Gov. Brown’s two-week freeze statewide.


Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has ordered a two-week “freeze” to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The statewide restrictions run from Nov. 18 through Dec. 2, and include the Thanksgiving holiday. They will limit restaurants to take-out only; close gyms, museums and outdoor recreational facilities; limit capacity at stores; and limit social get-togethers even in private homes.

They will continue for at least two additional weeks into mid-December for Multnomah County, and could also continue in other hotspot counties, Brown said during a news conference Friday. Marion County is among the areas considered hotspots. 

“The dreaded winter surge is here. Infection records are being set in states across the entire country,” Brown said. “Whether we like it or not, we’re about to face