Coos County in warning week, could move back up to 'extreme risk' category

Coos Health and Wellness assistant director Eric Gleason said he expected their time in “high risk” to be short-lived because their numbers have been consistently high for weeks.

Posted: Jan 5, 2021 6:15 PM
Updated: Jan 5, 2021 6:20 PM

COOS COUNTY, Ore.—Coos County could be moving back into the 'extreme risk' category a week after they were downgraded to 'high risk.'

Coos County Public Health officials said Tuesday they are currently in a warning week.

In order for a county to stay in 'high risk,' they must be below 200 cases per 100,000 for a two week period.

In the two weeks before Christmas, Coos Health and Wellness assistant director Eric Gleason said they reported 199.9 cases, which helped them downgrade to 'high risk.'

However, he said he expected their time in 'high risk' to be short-lived because their numbers have been consistently high for weeks.

He said, they reported 213 cases in the last two weeks.

“While we made the high category by .9 of a person, I knew that wasn’t a sustainable situation based on our current situation,” he said.

Under the 'high risk' level, restaurants are able to reopen for limited indoor dine-in. Gyms and indoor entertainment facilities can also reopen all together.

However, under 'extreme risk,' gyms and indoor entertainment facilities have to shut down. Restaurants have to go back to outdoor dine-in, takeout and delivery only.

One café told KEZI 9 News that they decided not to open for indoor dine-in at all, even though the county is in 'high risk.' They said they didn’t feel like it was worth it.

“Going back and forth between this high and extreme risk in our county is kinda frustrating,” said Elizabeth Raper, general manager of Top Dog Coffee Company. “It’s very frustrating.”

Gleason said their risk level will be re-evaluated on Monday by the Oregon Health Authority. If cases don’t trend down by then, he said they will be under 'extreme risk' guidelines on Jan. 15.

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