‘It’s about time’: Residents cheer on county’s move to moderate risk

Some residents added they hope COVID-19 numbers remain low despite the looser restrictions.

Posted: Mar 9, 2021 1:18 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2021 6:41 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Residents are sharing their excitement after learning Lane County will be moving from high risk to moderate risk.

“We’re all really tired of this. The amount of disease that’s spreading is much less,” Eugene resident Judy Witzke said. “It’s about time we all see our faces.”

KEZI 9 News also talked to John Durney, a sports coach at Lane County Community College who moved to Eugene about a month ago.

“Comparatively from where I’m from in Northern California, people here have taken the risks very seriously,” Durney said.


The latest downgrade follows a lowering of risk level from extreme to high on February 23.

Moderate risk counties are allowed to have spectators at high school sports and a maximum of 150 people at an outdoor recreational center at one time.

It will also allow restaurants, indoor recreational centers and indoor entertainment facilities to have up to 50% capacity or 100 people maximum, whichever is smaller.

“I think this is great for restaurants and businesses. But I just don’t want to see that number shoot right back up,” Eugene resident Denise Grieve said.

Coos and Douglas counties remain in extreme risk, while Benton County has been downgraded to high risk. Linn County remains at moderate risk. For a full list of Oregon counties and where they fall in the risk level system, CLICK HERE.

For more information about risk levels and what they mean for you, CLICK HERE.

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