Oregon has begun lifting restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic as part of its three-phase “Reopening Oregon” plan.

To be considered for Phase I reopening, Multnomah County must submit a proposal that shows it meets several prerequisites, and additional requirements as part of a health region that includes Clackamas, Washington, Clatsop, Tillamook and Columbia Counties.

Multnomah County has included additional equity standards for reopening and may adjust its strategies as needed to protect public health. Below we show where Multnomah County is positioned in each of those criteria. Once those criteria are met, the County will submit its proposal to the state. 

The Health Department will update this page and a related data dashboard each Wednesday by 5 p.m.

Current Report: May 20, 2020

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Thresholds for reopening: status report, May 20, 2020

Spread of COVID-19

The following metrics are measured at the County level

Percentage of emergency department visits for COVID-19-like illnesses are less than historic average for flu at the same time of year

The County meets this threshold.

A 14-day decline in COVID-19 hospital admissions

The County meets this threshold.

Reduced impact on communities of color

A 14-day decline in hospital admissions among people of color. The County meets this threshold.

Multnomah County will continue to analyze disease burden among communities of color, develop and share strategies to achieve health equity in partnership with communities of color.

Contact tracing

The following metrics are measured at the County level

15 contact tracers per 100,000 people 

The County currently employs 45 staff who conduct contact tracing.

Contact tracing workforce is reflective of the county and able to work in needed languages

More work is needed to meet this threshold.

Prepared to trace 95 percent of all new cases within 24 hours

The County meets this goal in 78 percent of cases.

Isolation facilities

The following metrics are measured at the County level

Hotel rooms or shelter locations for people who cannot self-quarantine if required, or who test positive and cannot self-isolate 

The County meets this threshold.

Provide a narrative of how we will respond to four outbreak situations

Multnomah County follows OHA investigative guidelines on all cases and outbreaks of COVID-19. The County has prepared detailed narratives on its strategies for prevention, identification, and response for high risk settings:

The County meets this threshold.

Testing capacity

The following metrics are measured regionally

Able to administer testing at a rate of 30 per 10,000 per week

The region meets this threshold. 

Sufficient testing sites accessible to underserved communities

More work is needed to meet this threshold.

Healthcare capacity 

The following metric is measured regionally  

Able to accommodate a 20-percent increase in hospitalizations

The region meets this threshold.

Personal Protective Equipment

The following metrics are measured regionally

Hospitals must report supply daily through Oregon's hospital capacity web system

The region meets this threshold.

Hospitals must have an adequate supply of PPE

The region meets this threshold.

Personal Protective Equipment, continued

The following metrics are measured at the County level

Counties must have sufficient PPE for first responders

Emergency first response agencies serving Multnomah County have submitted attestations to having sufficient PPE. The County meets this threshold.

PPE for key constituents

In addition to state requirements, the County is evaluating the needs of health and social service agencies essential to community health and safety, as PPE shortages are likely to impact these groups first. 

More work is needed to meet this threshold.


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