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Gelser: Return To Normalcy Should Be Slow, Deliberate


State Senator Sara Gelser of Corvallis told area business leaders on a video conference call Tuesday to expect a slow return to normalcy.

She said if too much of the state opens too quickly, there could be a second wave of COVID-19 cases. Gelser said she supports the measured approach taken by her fellow Democrat, Gov. Kate Brown.

“This is the type of thing where there isn’t a road map, and you can never know for sure exactly what the right answer is," said Gelser. "But I feel confident that the decisions are being made carefully and cautiously.”

Gelser also praised the state Employment Department for working to clear out a backlog of unemployment claims. But she said it’s not acceptable that so many people have had to wait so long to get paid.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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