Umatilla County to Move to ‘High Risk’ Category for COVID Spread on Friday

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Umatilla County will move from the Extreme Risk category for COVID-19 spread to High Risk beginning Friday.

Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that 16 counties – including Umatilla County – improved in risk level, with 10 of those improving from Extreme Risk.

Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that 16 counties – including Umatilla County – improved in risk level, with 10 of those improving from Extreme Risk.

Effective Feb. 26 through Mar. 11, five counties will be in the Extreme Risk level, 11 in High Risk, 10 in Moderate Risk and 10 in Lower Risk. A complete list is available here. Morrow County remains in the Moderate Risk category.

“For the second time in a row, we are seeing great progress in stopping the spread of COVID-19 across Oregon and saving lives,” said Brown. “Oregonians continue to step up and make smart choices. While these county movements are welcome news, we must continue to take seriously health and safety measures, especially as more businesses re-open and we start to get out more. As we see infection rates going down and vaccinations ramping up, now is not the time to let down our guard. Continue to wear your masks, keep physical distance, and avoid indoor gatherings.”

Among activities allowed under the High Risk category that were not allowed under the Extreme Risk category include indoor dining with occupancy restrictions; fewer distancing and occupancy restrictions for indoor gyms; indoor as well as outdoor visits at long-term care facilities; and theaters can operate at 25-percent capacity.

The Oregon Health Authority examines and publishes county data weekly. County risk levels are reassigned 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 be announced March 9 and take effect March 12.

Updates to Warning Week data and county risk levels are posted to coronavirus.oregon.gov.

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