Morrow County Moving Back to Extreme Risk Category for COVID

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Two weeks after being moved from Extreme Risk to High Risk for COVID-19 spread, Morrow County will move back to the Extreme Risk category beginning on Friday.

Morrow County is one of four moved from high risk to extreme risk. The others are Baker, Clatsop and Coos counties.

“With four counties moving back to extreme risk, this week we are reminded that health and safety measures continue to be of utmost importance, even when we slow the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Kate Brown said. “I want to remind all Oregonians to continue to do their part by abiding by the health and safety guidelines in place.”

Umatilla County is one of 26 counties in the Extreme Risk category.

Brown on Tuesday announced updates to county risk levels under the state’s new public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19. The framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread — Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk — and assigns health and safety measures for each level.

A complete list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here. High Risk is the first level in which some businesses and facilities can resume offering indoor services with health and safety measures and capacity limits in place.

The Oregon Health Authority examines and publishes county data weekly. County risk levels are re-assigned every two weeks. The first week’s data provides a “warning week” to prepare counties for potential risk level changes. The next assignment of risk levels will take effect Jan. 29. Updates to “warning week” data and county risk levels will be posted to coronavirus.oregon.gov.

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