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Governor Brown extends Oregon school closure until April 28

In a move that surprised some today, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has extended the closure of schools statewide through April 28.

The closure was expected to end March 31, but Brown said the now six-week closure is to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On Tuesday, fourteen new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Oregon, raising the statewide total to 65.

Yesterday, Brown restricted restaurantes to carry out and delivery only and banned gatherings of more than 25 people.

However, some childcare facilities will remain open.  Because children are least impacted by the virus, Brown justified this move by saying she would rather have children in daycare than being watched by an elderly person.

Brown added Tuesday, in a call with media, that she was looking into ways to help small businesses and families who are financially impacted by the closures.

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