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Gov. Brown: 'Most' restrictions will lift once 70 percent of Oregonians 16 and older receive first vaccine dose

Governor Brown said that counties will have the option of moving to Lower Risk status once 65 percent of people 16 and older have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Posted: May 11, 2021 1:35 PM
Updated: May 11, 2021 3:28 PM

SALEM, Ore. — In a press conference on Tuesday, Governor Kate Brown outlined Oregon's next benchmarks for reducing coronavirus restrictions throughout the state, which will be directly tied to vaccination targets.

Brown's office said that "most" COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted when 70 percent of Oregon's population 16 and older has received at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Mask and physical distancing requirements are likely to persist in some form even after this benchmark is reached, with Brown's office pledging to evaluate those remaining mandates based on CDC recommendations and Oregon's "conditions and experience."

“Thanks to you, Oregon, it looks like we’ve crossed the tipping point of the fourth surge,” said Governor Brown. "Our hospitalization rates have stabilized. Our infection rates are on a downward trajectory. And in the race between vaccines and variants, our efforts to vaccinate Oregonians are taking the lead."

Brown said that more than half of Oregon adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with the state expected to have reached two million people this week.

"We still have some work to do to reach our 70 percent goal, but I am confident we can get there in June and return Oregon to a sense of normalcy," Brown continued.

In the meantime, individual counties will have the option to see loosened restrictions based on vaccination progress. Starting May 21, counties that have reached 65 percent of residents 16 and older with a first dose can move to Lower Risk. Counties will also have to submit a plan to the Oregon Health Authority detailing their efforts to close vaccination equity gaps.

Brown previously pledged to take Extreme Risk restrictions off the table, but the state will otherwise resume risk level movement every two weeks. As of May 14, 21 Oregon counties will remain in High Risk, with seven at Moderate Risk, and eight counties at Lower Risk.

In southern Oregon, this means that counties will see a plateau in restrictions for at least the next two weeks. Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties will remain at High Risk, with Curry County at Moderate Risk, and Lake County at Lower Risk.

Despite COVID-19 vaccines becoming increasingly available in southern Oregon, the available data suggests that local counties are still far from reaching the 65 percent vaccination target set by Governor Brown as demand continues to plateau.

According to data distributed by the Oregon Department of Education last week, southern Oregon counties had provided at least first doses to people 16 and older as follows: 45 percent in Curry County, 39 percent in Josephine County, 44 percent in Jackson County, 38 percent in Klamath County, and 31 percent in Lake County.

Several Oregon counties have already reached 65 percent of adults or are within striking distance of the goal, according to OHA director Patrick Allen.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5061240

Reported Deaths: 74159
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152548627128
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581504
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
Unassigned2430
Sierra2170
Alpine1060
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