Benton County among five eligible for lower risk

Benton County can move into lower risk on Friday, Gov. Kate Brown announced.

Posted: May 18, 2021 4:13 PM

SALEM, Ore. – Five Oregon counties have hit the 65% vaccination target, making them eligible to enter lower risk on May 21, Gov. Kate Brown announced on Tuesday.

Benton County joins Deschutes, Hood River, Lincoln and Washington counties in reaching that percentage, which represents the proportion of eligible residents who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Brown said all five of the counties have submitted equity plans to the Oregon Health Authority, which was another requirement in order to enter lower risk.

“I’d like to thank everyone in these counties, particularly their outstanding public health officials, health care workers, and volunteers who have led the way in making sure their communities are protected against COVID-19,” Brown said.

When Oregon as a whole reaches the point where 70% of eligible people have received at least one dose of a vaccine, many health and safety restrictions will be lifted.

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