Governor warns of tighter restrictions in Oregon if Covid cases continue to spread

Gov. Kate Brown in her Portland office (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

SALEM - Gov. Kate Brown warned Oregonians on Saturday they need to take the coronavirus more seriously or risk renewed limits.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 277 new cases of Covid, pushing the state’s total to 8,094 with 202 deaths. Infection rates have increased in recent days in some locations across Oregon.

“They are extremely alarming,” Brown said in a news conference.

She said “all options are on the table” concerning how she would respond if the infections continue to spread.

“I would hope to avoid a wholesale shutdown of the economy,” Brown said. But if pandemic numbers continue to worsen, “We will need to start buttoning down the economy.”

Effective last week, people in seven Oregon counties are . . .