Chair Deborah Kafoury: We can take these steps to slow the spread of COVID-19

November 11, 2020

Chair Deborah Kafoury's statement on today's COVID-19 case count in Multnomah County:

The fall spike in COVID-19 cases that we’ve been anticipating as activities moved indoors has arrived. With 298 cases reported in our county today, we can each take steps to protect ourselves, our families and the community around us.

  • Take a two-week break from gathering with anyone outside your household.

  • If you absolutely must gather with people outside your household, limit your group size to 6. Reduce the frequency of these gatherings as much as possible. And meeting outdoors is lower risk than gathering indoors.

  • Work from home, if at all possible. 

  • Always wear a face covering, keep 6 feet of distance, and wash your hands and shared surfaces often. 

  • Check your symptoms at

  • If you are around someone who was infectious, or have tested positive for the virus yourself, follow this step-by-step guidance on what to do next.

Taking these actions can help us protect one another, preserve critical hospital capacity and avoid more severe restrictions. We slowed the spread before, and together, we can do it again.