Benton County downgraded to high risk ahead of new COVID-19 rules

Lane, Linn and Douglas counties remain at extreme risk.

Posted: Dec 1, 2020 4:23 PM
Updated: Dec 1, 2020 5:27 PM

SALEM, Ore. – Gov. Kate Brown updated risk levels for counties ahead of the end of the two-week freeze.

Benton County for one has been downgraded from extreme risk to high risk, joining Coos County which was already at that level. Meanwhile, Lane, Linn and Douglas counties remain at extreme risk.

The new rules take effect Dec. 3, and 25 counties are in extreme risk. Find the complete list here.

MORE: BROWN UNVEILS COVID-19 'RISK LEVEL' RESTRICTIONS TO BEGIN WHEN FREEZE ENDS

Brown said different rules will apply at each of the risk levels. To check out the rules that are expected to be put in place at each of the levels, click here.

"Counties that are facing extreme risk of virus spread will need to continue with strict health and safety measures, similar to the Two-Week Freeze," said Governor Brown. "I want to stress that there is no zero-risk category.”

Vigilance will remain important until vaccines become widely available and enough people are getting vaccinated, Brown added.

“I am asking all Oregonians to take these measures seriously. The best way to protect those closest to you is by maintaining physical distance from others, avoiding gatherings, wearing a face covering, staying home when sick, and keeping up with good hand hygiene,” Brown said.

County risk levels will be reassessed every two weeks, and data reported in the first week will provide a warning to prepare counties for possible risk level changes.

The next assignment of risk levels will be Dec. 18.

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