Governor Kate Brown will hold a press conference on Friday at 11 a.m. to discuss Oregon’s ongoing response to COVID-19. He is joined by representatives of the Oregon Health Authority.
Officials are expected to share the state’s latest coronavirus modeling, which includes planned hospital care, and also discuss the state’s vaccination plans.
This press conference follows Brown’s announcement on Tuesday that 25 of the state’s 36 counties are “at extraordinary risk” of spreading the coronavirus and will face the most stringent new restrictions on businesses and social gatherings for at least two weeks.
Brown’s list named five counties as originally outlined last week when the governor unveiled a four-tier structure to enforce restrictions. Counties are categorized into different categories based on case and test positivity ratios, with restrictions increasing based on risk level.
In practice, the state’s most populous counties, including Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, Lane, and Jackson, fall into the “extraordinary risk” category.
Restrictions are aimed at slowing down hospitalizations, which rose sharply until November. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday was 559, of whom 109 are in the intensive care unit.
Watch the press conference live in the video above at 11 p.m.
– Oregonian / OregonLive