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Like the rest of the U.S., Oregon has been unable to slow the spread of COVID-19. Although we are better off than many other states, our positive test rate is the highest it’s been in four months.
After weeks of threats, Gov. Kate Brown could come through with one: a potential interstate travel ban. Such a ban has not been done before in the U.S.
According to a governor’s office daily update sent to legislators obtained by Eugene Weekly, Gov. Kate Brown is in talks with neighboring states about travel restrictions. Oregon is part of a Western States Pact with Washington, California, Colorado and Nevada with “a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future.” Oregon’s neighbors in Washington, Nevada and California have much higher infection rates than Oregon, according to the CDC.