That’s the number of lives that Peter Graven, the top data scientist at Oregon Health & Science University, says Oregon Gov.
More than 700 hospitalizations for COVID-19 will also be prevented, Graven said at a press conference with Brown on Friday.
That number depends on Oregonians heeding the warning from health experts and a Democratic governor that Oregon is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and is again in a high-risk scenario.
“We turned the virus back in the fall by reducing our activities,” Graven said at the press conference.
Graven says that indoor activities when you can’t wear a mask remain riskiest.
“Shutting down our restaurants and further depriving Oregonians of their right to make calculated community engagement risks when the virus continues to spread elsewhere will not result in success,” says the letter, jointly signed by, among others, Washington County Chair Kathryn Harrington and Clackamas County Chair Tootie Smith, as well as the four other county commissioners in each of Portland’s suburban counties.
The letter also says that Oregon restaurants have had a good record of following health guidance