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Governor not ready to lift restrictions for state – although some rural areas with few cases may begin opening May 15

Gov. Kate Brown listens in during a phone call with Vice President Mike Pence and other governors on Monday, April 20. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Oregon has a long way to go before lifting restrictions, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday.

Instead of forecasting when life would edge closer to normal, Brown announced more determined state efforts to test Oregonians for COVID-19 and increased work to trace the movement of the virus from one person to the next.

Brown said the earliest any section of Oregon could open would be May 15 – and then only in rural counties with few coronavirus cases.

She also announced that Oregon Health and Science University would manage a study of 100,000 Oregonians. OHSU will seek volunteers from all areas and demographic groups in the state to . . .