March 22, 2020

The Chairs of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties joined 25 Oregon mayors in calling for a statewide Stay at Home, Stay Healthy executive order.

Washington County Chair Kathryn Harrington, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Clackamas County Chair Jim Bernard submitted their request to Gov. Kate Brown March 22. [Read the letter]

“As the Chairs of the most populous region in the state, we are preparing to be hit hardest,” they wrote. “But here’s what we know: our public health officials, as well as our hospital systems, are telling us that the time to act is now.”

Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties are home to more than 1.8 million residents — nearly half the state’s population. They are home to five institutions of higher education, host the state’s two major sporting teams, and are the home for the largest manufacturing plants in the state.

The Tri-County area also serves the state’s largest homeless population and struggles even during the very best of time to provide the services for the most vulnerable residents. 

“During this crisis, we will need every tool available to us to serve our community’s most vulnerable,” they wrote. The Tri-County letter comes a day after the Metropolitan Mayors’ Consortium called on Gov. Brown to issue a stay-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“We agree with the direction being requested by the MMC and look forward to working with you and your staff to ensure we are taking every measure to protect the health and safety of our residents,” the Chairs wrote.