25 In Oregon, COVID-19 is at “extraordinary risk” as the state introduces new security measures

25 In Oregon, COVID-19 is at “extraordinary risk” as the state introduces new security measures

PORTLAND, Ore – Oregon’s nationwide coronavirus freeze ends Thursday, and Governor Kate Brown’s new risk-based framework sets limits for COVID-19 on a county-by-county basis.

The new approach to managing coronavirus safety measures involves assigning each county to one of four risk categories. The Oregon Health Authority assigns the county’s level of risk based on COVID-19 metrics, and the level can shift up or down after a two-week period.

Appropriate safety precautions complement other preventative measures such as wearing a mask, good hand hygiene, and maintaining physical distance.

“We are asking all counties to adhere to the measures we have put in place based on their level of risk, as determined by the metrics outlined this week,” Prime Minister Brown’s office told KATU on Monday. “These measures to reduce the risk of COVID. -19 are driven by disease prevalence indicators. The framework provides consistency in how we work to reduce community spread and maintain hospital capacity across the state. We are working to develop sector-specific guidelines for workers. , to protect customers and others, and will be posted to coronavirus.oregon.gov before December 3. “

Based on the first risk assessment, 25 Oregon counties fall into the “extraordinary risk” category.

In this risk, social gatherings are still limited to six people, and most services that are closed due to the two-week freeze remain closed. Restaurants can continue to dine al fresco, however, the design is still highly recommended. Prayer houses and funeral homes can accommodate up to 25%, or a total of 100 people can use indoor services (whichever is less).

Deborah Kafoury, President of Multnomah County, said people would stay inside because of the upcoming holidays and winter weather, and more populous counties such as Multnomah could stay in the extreme risk category for a while.

“It has the largest number of hospital beds in the entire state,” said Kafoury, president of Multnomah Co. “So when we hear about other counties who feel the restrictions are too great for them – if the people there get sick, they come here to Multnomah County. So we bear the burden of the entire state of Oregon. “

Oregon counties by COVID-19 risk level – Oregon Health Authority image.

Five counties are below the “high risk” level, increasing the maximum size of outdoor social gatherings to 8 and opening up indoor dining, gym and indoor entertainment with 25% limits. Outdoor recreation and entertainment grows to 75 people. It also allows visits to long-term care facilities.

Under “moderate risk,” the limit for indoor gatherings at home rises to 8 and the number of outdoor gatherings is limited to 10. Indoor dining, recreation and entertainment options allow for 50% capacity or a 100-person limit – whichever is less.

Shops and malls can increase customer capacity to 75%, but recruitment along the way should continue to be encouraged. Indoor church services will also be increased to 50% capacity or 150 people – whichever is less.

In the “lower risk” category, the number of indoor social gatherings increases to 10, for a maximum of 4 households, while the number of outdoor social gatherings can be up to 12.

Offices can allow a few people to be brought back, leisure and entertainment will increase the capacity to 300 people.

Governor Brown said counties could gradually work towards the “lower risk” of COVID-19, but there is no zero risk category.

Until COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, health and safety precautions will remain in place to allow schools, businesses and communities to reopen and remain open. To prevent COVID-19 epidemics, Oregonians at all levels of risk must continue to wear facials, monitor their physical distance, wash their hands, stay home when they are ill, and keep social gatherings and gatherings small.

More information on county risk levels can be found on the state website.