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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: 206851

Reported Deaths: 2756
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah40371614
Washington26781248
Marion23425323
Clackamas18932235
Lane13908164
Jackson11535146
Deschutes1001882
Umatilla859387
Linn561181
Yamhill478279
Klamath477678
Polk399356
Douglas388483
Malheur361463
Josephine360672
Benton326522
Jefferson237039
Coos216637
Columbia192129
Union149924
Wasco144430
Lincoln143021
Crook129223
Hood River121633
Morrow115416
Clatsop10589
Baker101115
Curry71011
Tillamook6604
Grant5507
Lake4678
Harney4339
Wallowa1945
Gilliam801
Sherman671
Wheeler351
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Cases: 3809710

Reported Deaths: 63356
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles124774424456
Riverside3016684627
San Bernardino2992894845
San Diego2818103771
Orange2730575113
Santa Clara1201632188
Kern1107991404
Sacramento1078211736
Fresno1029471724
Alameda896591277
Ventura816611031
San Joaquin747271440
Contra Costa70730813
Stanislaus634971070
Tulare49776849
Monterey43836432
San Mateo42681581
San Francisco37269556
Santa Barbara34613455
Solano33762266
Merced32313478
Sonoma30884317
Imperial28855741
Placer23589299
Kings23195247
San Luis Obispo21421261
Madera16638245
Santa Cruz16246208
Marin14206230
Yolo14160212
Butte12668194
Shasta12630233
El Dorado10396116
Napa1002680
Sutter9663113
Yuba648951
San Benito610963
Lassen578424
Tehama573463
Nevada491975
Humboldt449948
Mendocino434050
Tuolumne421271
Amador374047
Lake356345
Glenn243427
Siskiyou239637
Colusa228418
Calaveras220756
Del Norte14588
Inyo143438
Mono12954
Plumas7366
Modoc5585
Mariposa4657
Trinity4225
Sierra1160
Alpine890
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