The barrier to business activity is increasing, indoor visits suitable for long-term care are allowed
SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday that 12 counties, including Deschutes, have improved their risk levels, and 10 have exited extreme risk for the first time since November, Friday, with relaxing restrictions and indoor space. meals are allowed again.
County risk levels under the state public health framework aim to reduce the spread of Oregonians and protect against COVID-19. The framework applies four different levels of risk to counties based on the prevalence of COVID-19 – extreme risk, high risk, medium risk and lower risk, and assigns health and safety measures to each level.
From February 12 to 25, 14 counties will be in extreme risk, 11 in high risk, three in medium and eight in lower risk. A full list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here.
Counties developing from extreme to high risk include Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Hood River, Klamath, Linn, Multnomah and Washington.
Three counties are moving to Moderate Risk: Harney and Lake (moved from the bottom) and Morrow (moved from the extreme). Two counties become lower risk, Baker (from high) and Grant (moderate).
As shown by the Oregon Health Authority Sector Risk Level Guidance Table, large changes from extreme to high risk can allow up to eight people (out of six) at outdoor social and home gatherings, allowing for indoor dining (design is still highly recommended). and larger outdoor space.
Indoor recreation, fitness and entertainment facilities are allowed with up to 25% of the capacity or a total of 50 people, whichever is smaller (and closed for entertainment businesses until 11 a.m.). Outdoor recreation, fitness and entertainment facilities range from a maximum of 50 people to 75 people.
In the workplace during high risk, the OHA continues to recommend – but no longer requires – telecommuting if possible, and offices should no longer be closed to the public if possible. Long-term care facilities that are limited to external visits may again allow internal visits.
“Thanks to the Oregonians who stepped up and made wise decisions, we have made incredible progress in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives in Oregon,” Brown said. “This week we see 10 counties coming out of extreme risk., Including three counties in Portland, for the first time since November. That’s good news as we start to see more businesses open and Oregonians can get even more out.
“It is also incredibly important to remain vigilant and protect our neighbors and loved ones while facing the new virulent strain of COVID-19. This means we must continue to wear a mask, keep physical distance and avoid indoor gatherings. .If we want to keep businesses open, reopen schools for personal education, and stay safe, we need to be on guard, and until vaccinations become more widely available, the number of cases could return if we do not follow safety measures.
The Oregon Health Authority reviews and publishes county data on a weekly basis. County risk levels are rearranged every two weeks. The first weekly data provide a “warning week” to prepare counties for changes in potential risk levels. The next assignment of risk levels will be announced on 23 February and will take effect on 26 February.
Updates to Warning Week data and county risk levels are posted on coronavirus.oregon.gov.