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Northwest governors join in a pledge to coordinate reopening from coronavirus shutdown

Restrictions due to COVID-19 have halted gatherings including the face-to-face group meetings that have long been a mainstay of addiction treatment and counseling. (CDC file art)

The governors of Oregon, Washington and California pledged Monday to coordinate plans to reopen their states’ economies, pushing back after President Trump said earlier in the day the decision was his to make.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown joined Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and California Gov. Gavin Newsom in agreeing to work together to develop what they described as a regional framework that would be guided by data and science, not by politics.

“The West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19,” the governors said in a joint statement, “with our states acting in close coordination and collaboration to ensure the virus can never spread wildly in our communities.”

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