SALEM, Ore. — Jackson County will at last move down to lighter restrictions under Oregon's COVID-19 risk level framework, Governor Kate Brown's office announced on Tuesday. The county will enter Moderate Risk status effective Friday, officials indicated in an update.
As of June 18, there will be 22 counties at Lower Risk, five at Moderate Risk, and nine at High Risk. The only other county to drop in risk level this week will be Polk County, which was approved for Lower Risk once it reaches a 65 percent vaccination rate. It is currently at 64.24 percent.
In May, Governor Brown stipulated that counties with at least 65 percent of adult residents vaccinated with at least one dose can move to the Lower Risk level. Restrictions across the state are supposed to be lifted when cumulative vaccinations reach 70 percent.
"We are incredibly close to achieving a 70% statewide adult vaccination rate, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and lifting health and safety restrictions," said Governor Brown. "Vaccines are the best way for Oregonians to protect themselves, their families, and communities against COVID-19. Because so many Oregonians have stepped up to get vaccinated, Oregon’s case rates and hospitalizations have continued to decline.
“But, if you are not vaccinated, COVID-19 remains just as dangerous as before. If you have been waiting to get vaccinated, go get your shot today. It's never been easier to get vaccinated, and you may just win $1 million through the Take Your Shot, Oregon campaign."
Josephine County moved to Moderate Risk last Wednesday. The change means an increase in capacity for restaurants, allowing them to grow occupancy from 25 to 50 percent.
Gyms and entertainment venues can increase capacity to 20 percent or 100 people, whichever is larger. For retail stores, the extra capacity amounts to 75 percent of maximum occupancy. Churches can extend indoor capacity to 50 percent occupancy or 150 people, whichever is smaller.
Klamath County remains at High Risk this week. Curry and Lake counties have been at Lower Risk status by dint of low case rates.
As of Tuesday, 67.9 percent of adult Oregonians had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Oregon officials estimated that 71,522 more people would need to receive a dose for the state to reach 70 percent.