Oregon has a solid plan to reopen, but the State must stick with it to both loosen restrictions and keep Oregonians safe. Improved transparency and more consistent application of the reopening benchmarks is needed to do so.
Consumer complaints to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to the coronavirus approached 50,000 on Tuesday. U.S. PIRG Education Fund has documented the actions taken by the FTC and 14 other federal agencies in response to coronavirus scams.
Oregon has given a green light to 31 counties to begin lifting public safety restrictions put in place to contain the novel coronavirus. However, the state as a whole still falls short of many of the benchmarks public health experts recommend states should meet before relaxing social distancing- we’re about to find out if the state is really ready to reopen.
OSPIRG released a statement today approving of Oregon’s cautious reopening, warning that consumers should continue to take precautions.
Public health experts have made it abundantly clear that to safely lift stay-at-home rules we must have four key things we don’t yet have. We need fast, accurate and widely available testing. We need a better plan for isolating and supporting people who have COVID-19. We need sufficient hospital capacity, including medical and protective equipment, to treat all patients safely. And we need more contact tracing. This blog explains U.S. PIRG's support for automated warning and contact tracing, subject to appropriate privacy and civil liberties protections, which can provide critical information quickly about who has potentially been exposed.
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