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Kate is here, says there have already been 1000 new cases TODAY. It's noon.

She says nobody wants to get in an ambulance and be told there's no where to take them.
Announces a two-week phrase for the ENTIRE state. No more eating in restaurants, gyms and venues are closed. Churches and other "face-baithed" gathering as capped at 50 ppl (and socially distanced).

Says folks traveling from out the state should quarantine 2 weeks.
Says she is limiting family gatherings. The details are bit confusing, and she's giving an example for Thanksgiving dinner...

Says families should wear masks indoors if multiple households are meeting. Basically says no more than 2 households should mix.
She's saying certain counties, including Multnomah County, are on freeze for FOUR weeks.

She's going over historical increases and curves now. Says hospitals are nearing capacity.
She's asking people not to panic.

Says medical/health facilities will stay open with stringent restrictions, parks and outdoor activities are OK, schools that need the metrics, daycares, restaurants with take out, stores (with limited capacity) are OK.
Says personal gatherings should be limited to two families, or a maximum of six people.
Some other person is talking now. I think Kate said they are an epidemiologist. He's giving numbers now, the one that sticks out to me is 753 deaths (42 last week).

The 54K total number and the consistent 1000+ new cases a day this week are also highly problematic.
Person also says that a large number of new cases were traced to Halloween parties and spread through workplaces. This explains Brown's concern with Thanksgiving parties.

Nobody is suggesting how people can get tested.
They are discussing non-symptomatic spreaders... low ICU availability... and how different people can have very different reactions.

Says weather is pushing people inside, spread rate is now closer to 1.5% (from >1%). Expects to see 1500 new cases a day as soon as next week.
Talks about us being tired of quarantine. Says we gotta stay distanced, wear masks, wash hands.

Starts hyping vaccine trials. Asks us to stay vigilant. Passes mic to Renee Edwards from OHSU.
Renee says less than 20% of COVID carriers become hospitalized. Says our state is now on the exponential upward slope that we've seen around the country.

Says social gatherings are the cause. OHSU is at 90% capacity. Reminds that ICU is for more than just COVID patients.
*freeze, not phrase 🤦🏾‍♂️
Dr. Renee is trying to stay upbeat whilst reminding us that we're all going to either die or cause each other to die if we don't stay home.

She ain't wrong, but her poignance is creepy.

Another lady is up to speak. I think I've got the point.


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