Morrow County to Move From ‘Extreme’ to High Risk Status

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Morrow County is one of five Oregon counties that will move from Extreme Risk to High Risk based on recent COVID-19 spread.

Umatilla County is one of 24 counties to remain in the Extreme Risk category.

Gov. Kate 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.

Effective Jan. 1 through Jan. 14, 24 counties will be in the Extreme Risk level, five at High Risk, zero at Moderate Risk and seven at Lower Risk. Lake County moved to Lower Risk from Moderate Risk.

The four other counties that will move from Extreme to High Risk are Clatsop, Coos, Douglas and Lincoln counties.

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. 15. Updates to “warning week” data and county risk levels will be posted to coronavirus.oregon.gov.

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