SALEM, Ore. – With new risk levels announced for counties across Oregon on Tuesday, Lane County is remaining in lower risk, but with a catch.
Gov. Kate Brown said Lane and four other counties will remain in their level for a two-week “caution period” despite qualifying for a higher level of risk. The press release indicates that counties that qualify for this extension moved into their lower category in the last couple of weeks.
The hope is that Lane, Baker, Columbia, Polk and Yamhill counties make a strong push to get their numbers back down to acceptable limits.
“We are at a critical moment in this pandemic as we face more contagious variants of COVID-19 taking hold in our communities,” said Brown. “Now more than ever it’s imperative that we all continue wearing masks, maintain physical distance, stay home when sick, and get the vaccine when it’s available to you.”
Brown’s newest county risk level assessments takes effect April 9. A total of 14 counties are at high risk, six at moderate, and 16 at lower risk. For a complete list, CLICK HERE.
There are new metrics for determining extreme risk. Brown said beginning this week, for counties to move into or stay in this category, they must reach metrics for case and positivity rates, in addition to new factors: patients with COVID-19 occupying 300 hospital beds or more and a 15% increase in the seven-day average over the past week. If counties do not meet this metric, they will be in high risk.