SALEM, Ore. – Counties will soon get a chance to start the reopening process, but only if enough of their residents have been vaccinated, Gov. Kate Brown announced on Tuesday.
Most restrictions will be lifted statewide once 70% of Oregonians 16 and older have received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Starting May 21, counties will have the option of moving to the lower risk level once 65% of their residents 16 and older have received at least one dose. Brown said counties will need to submit a complete plan to close equity gaps in vaccination distribution.
“Thanks to you, Oregon, it looks like we’ve crossed the tipping point of the fourth surge,” said Brown. "Our hospitalization rates have stabilized. Our infection rates are on a downward trajectory. And in the race between vaccines and variants, our efforts to vaccinate Oregonians are taking the lead.”
Brown said there’s still a lot of work to do to reach the 70% goal, but she believes the state will reach that level in June.
“So Oregon, this is our goal. We each play a part. If you have already been vaccinated, thank you. Now help a friend, family member or neighbor make an appointment,” Brown said.
Some degree of mask use and physical distancing will still be required even after the 70% threshold. Public schools will also still need to follow Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance, which will be updated for the next school year.
For more information, you can call 211 or visit covidvaccine.oregon.gov.