Listed here are the brand new COVID-19 restrictions in Oregon beginning Feb. 26

Clackamas and Washington counties moved from excessive threat to average threat, which permits extra folks at indoor companies equivalent to eating places and gymnasiums.

PORTLAND, Ore — Solely 5 Oregon counties stay in Oregon’s excessive threat stage for COVID-19, Gov. Kate Brown introduced Tuesday. The state’s new threat ranges take impact Friday, Feb. 26.

Sixteen counties improved their threat ranges, together with two within the Portland metro space. Clackamas and Washington counties moved from excessive threat to average threat, which permits extra folks at indoor companies equivalent to eating places and gymnasiums.

Multnomah County stays on the high-risk stage.

“For the second time in a row, we’re seeing nice progress in stopping the unfold of COVID-19 throughout Oregon and saving lives,” mentioned Brown. “Oregonians proceed to step up and make good selections. Whereas these county actions are welcome information, we should proceed to take significantly well being and security measures, particularly as extra companies reopen and we begin to get out extra.”

For the primary time since fall, indoor eating can be allowed within the Salem space. Each Marion and Polk counties will transfer from the acute threat class to the excessive threat designation starting Friday.

Dr. Jennifer Vines is the lead well being officer for the tri-county Portland area. COVID-19 case numbers have been trending downward across the state and within the metro area. Whereas that’s encouraging and it is what has result in the easing of restrictions, Vines mentioned the general public wants to stay vigilant in stopping the unfold of the virus. 

“It’s the prevention paradox: Circumstances go down and other people really feel possibly just a little bit extra relaxed round their private behaviors or another selections that they make,” Vines mentioned. “And that may trigger biking of a rise and reduce in instances. We haven’t truly seen that very a lot in our space. Individuals appear to essentially stick to the precautions, and I might encourage them to proceed to try this.” 

The main focus for public well being is on easing restrictions, however not private protections. 

“What it’s doing now’s shopping for us time to vaccinate, which is admittedly the general public well being win right here,” Vines mentioned. “And I feel will actually be our ticket to getting again to some sense of normalcy later this calendar yr.”

Beneath Oregon’s newest framework for coronavirus-related restrictions, counties are positioned into 4 threat stage classes: excessive threat, excessive threat, average threat and decrease threat. The acute threat designation comes with the strictest restrictions whereas the decrease threat class comes with the least-restrictive guidelines. The Oregon Well being Authority reassigns threat stage designations to counties each two weeks, based mostly on the newest information on COVID-19 unfold.

Right here’s the total listing of county threat ranges. Counties will stay at these threat ranges from Feb. 26 to March 11.

Excessive Threat (5 counties)

  • Benton
  • Coos
  • Douglas (Moved from Excessive)
  • Jefferson
  • Josephine
  • Columbia
  • Criminal (Moved from Excessive)
  • Deschutes
  • Jackson (Moved from Excessive)
  • Klamath
  • Lane (Moved from Excessive)
  • Marion (Moved from Excessive)
  • Multnomah
  • Polk (Moved from Excessive)
  • Umatilla (Moved from Excessive)
  • Yamhill (Moved from Excessive)

Reasonable Threat (10 counties)

  • Clackamas (Moved from Excessive)
  • Curry (Moved from Decrease)
  • Harney (Moved from Decrease)
  • Hood River (Moved from Excessive)
  • Lake
  • Linn (Moved from Excessive)
  • Malheur (Moved from Excessive)
  • Morrow
  • Union (Moved from Excessive)
  • Washington (Moved from Excessive)
  • Baker
  • Clatsop (Moved from Excessive)
  • Gilliam
  • Grant
  • Lincoln (Moved from Excessive)
  • Sherman
  • Tillamook
  • Wallowa
  • Wasco (Moved from Excessive)
  • Wheeler

 This is a take a look at which metrics decide the chance stage for every county:

Learn the full listing of guidelines for every threat class beneath:

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