Commentary: “Contact Tracers” Will Be Fanning Out In Counties Authorized To Re-Open. BIG Brother Is Alive And Well In The Age Of Coronavirus.

Re-opening under Governor Brown’s plan has tradeoffs, including the deployment of a small army of Orwellian “contact tracers” who will gather information about you.

Consider that once collected, the information will likely be subject to retention for a number of years under Oregon Public Records Laws.

How this information might be used, stored, or available beyond the prevention of disease is yet to be fully answered, and Civil libertarians and the Courts are sure to become involved. 

https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/05/20/reopening-oregon-depends-on-a-detective-squad-tracing-where-contagious-people-have-been/

Governor Brown Allows 28 of Oregon’s 36 Counties To Enter Phase 1 Re-Opening. Marion and Polk County Denied.

Gov. Brown released the official list of Oregon counties allowed to begin reopening during a news conference Thursday morning. They will need to remain in the first phase for three weeks before they can continue with the next step of the reopening process.

The Governor also said some communities might need to go back into a ‘stay-at-home’ order if there is a spike in cases that can’t be contained through contact tracing and quarantine.

The following counties have been approved for Phase 1:

Baker
Benton
Clatsop
Columbia
Coos
Crook
Curry
Deschutes
Douglas
Gilliam
Grant
Harney
Hood River
Jackson
Josephine
Klamath
Lake
Lane
Lincoln
Linn
Malheur
Sherman
Tillamook
Union
Wallowa
Wasco
Wheeler
Yamhill

Life Flight Responding To Commercial Structure Fire and Explosion in Hubbard.

*** UPDATE 2:30PM *** LIFE FLIGHT HS DEPARTMENT, AND ALL OTHER FIRE/RESCUE UNITS ARE DEPARTING THE SCENE.

Life Flight has been requested by FD and EMS to respond to the scene of a commercial structure fire and explosion in Hubbard. Avoid the area. Watch out for traffic congestion and emergency vehicles.

WOODBURN POLICE RESPOND TO EVENT AT THE METROPOLIS MARKETPLACE ALLEGED TO BE IN VIOLATION OF GOVERNOR’S ORDER.

Press Release From WPD Today:

Friday, May 1, 2020 – Woodburn, OR – Between April 28 and April 29, 2020, the Woodburn Police Department (WPD) responded to citizen complaints and officer observations regarding a funeral wake that occurred at a local business located at 347 North Front Street inside the Metropolis Marketplace and Event Venue. Officers observed that the gathering violated the Governor’s Executive Orders on the COVID-19 pandemic, and the on-site manager was advised that the gathering was to cease.

After investigation of this matter, WPD referred detailed reports of the gathering to the appropriate state regulatory agencies.

Two Alarm Barn Fire West Of Silverton With Secondary Explosions. Law Enforcement Requested. Avoid the Area.

Fire Departments from multiple agencies in North Marion County are on the scene of a barn fire on Silverton Hwy (213) just west of Silverton. A second alarm has been called due to secondary explosions. Law enforcement has been requested with an expedited response to protect firefighters.

Watch out for emergency vehicles and avoid the area.