Lane County moving to high risk, opening the door to limited indoor dining

Officials confirmed Tuesday that Lane County will be moving from the extreme coronavirus risk category to the high-risk category, opening the door to indoor dining and increased capacities at other local businesses.

Posted: Feb 23, 2021 11:03 AM
Updated: Feb 23, 2021 6:48 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Officials confirmed Tuesday that Lane County will be moving from the extreme coronavirus risk category to the high-risk category, opening the door to indoor dining and increased capacities at other local businesses.

The new risk category will go into effect on Friday.

According to Lane County Public Health, this shift reflects a trend of decreasing case counts and hard work from community members who are social distancing, masking and taking other precautions.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, From Feb. 7 through 20, the county reported 117 cases, with a test positivity rate of 3 percent, down from 194 cases and a positivity rate of 4 percent in the previous two-week period.

 Under the high-risk category, indoor dining will be allowed to open at 25 percent capacity or 50 people maximum. Gyms and indoor entertainment will also be allowed at 25 percent capacity.

Officials said that residents should still exercise caution and seek to continue lowering the case count to pre-winter levels that were still much lower than the current weekly rate averaging from 30 to 50 cases. 

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