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Gov. Brown: Oregon counties on the verge of returning to Extreme Risk

If case rates and hospitalizations continue to climb, Brown warned that qualifying counties will be placed back on Extreme Risk status effective Friday, April 30.

Posted: Apr 23, 2021 11:22 AM
Updated: Apr 23, 2021 5:14 PM

SALEM, Ore. — A dozen Oregon counties are on the verge of being placed back on "Extreme Risk" restrictions as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, Governor Kate Brown said on Friday.

Brown and state officials put the Extreme Risk category on hold earlier this month, putting in place a new statewide hospitalization metric that spared counties from returning to the state's highest restriction level even if their case rates would have otherwise qualified them under Oregon's county risk level framework.

Cases of the virus have been steadily rising since the beginning of April, and now Oregon is nearing the hospitalization "triggers" outlined in early April.

If case rates and hospitalizations continue to climb, Brown warned that qualifying counties will be placed back on Extreme Risk status effective Friday, April 30. There will be no "warning week," as would normally be the case for changes to county risk levels.

"In the race between vaccines and variants, right now the variants have the upper hand," said Governor Brown. "Today’s cases topped 1,000, with Oregon now ranking second in the nation for having the most rapid growth of infection spread. Our hospitals are about to surpass 300 positive COVID-19 cases. That means several counties are on the verge of having to reinstate Extreme Risk restrictions on businesses and activities."

In southern Oregon, Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties have all been on High Risk despite qualifying for Extreme based on case rate metrics. Under Extreme Risk restrictions, indoor dining is prohibited at restaurants, and capacity requirements become much tighter at many other businesses and venues.

With vaccinations still ongoing, Brown said that this may be the last time for restrictions this rigorous.

"In order to fully reopen our economy, we need to reach a significant majority of Oregonians with a vaccine; we need to close the equity gap in our vaccine efforts; and vaccine supplies need to be readily available for all eligible Oregonians who want to be protected," Brown continued. "Vaccines are your best protection against the variants and the quickest way for us all to get back to the people and things we miss the most."

The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,020 new confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest daily total in months. The agency also reported nine more fatalities across the state, bringing Oregon's death toll to 2,476.

As of Friday, 276 people were hospitalized in Oregon with COVID-19. Of those patients, 64 were in intensive care.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 217690

Reported Deaths: 2849
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah41633618
Washington27703258
Marion24391330
Clackamas19818241
Lane14732174
Jackson12414153
Deschutes1049387
Umatilla939694
Linn620281
Yamhill504281
Klamath492479
Douglas440787
Polk426957
Josephine410075
Malheur365967
Benton343622
Jefferson248942
Coos228439
Columbia207632
Union164924
Lincoln153122
Wasco151931
Crook138524
Hood River125534
Morrow121717
Clatsop114510
Baker108217
Curry76812
Tillamook7415
Grant5597
Lake4878
Harney45511
Wallowa2256
Gilliam851
Sherman812
Wheeler381
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Cases: 3935590

Reported Deaths: 64341
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles129039524658
Riverside3068364659
San Bernardino3058275236
San Diego2941763798
Orange2812285143
Santa Clara1228212099
Sacramento1146521775
Kern1129331420
Fresno1042881746
Alameda955391280
Ventura835231043
San Joaquin769151460
Contra Costa75842830
Stanislaus655371088
Tulare50324854
Monterey44438526
San Mateo44378588
San Francisco39939563
Solano35703261
Santa Barbara35546467
Merced32961484
Sonoma32526329
Imperial29048745
Placer24955307
Kings23566250
San Luis Obispo21970265
Madera16998249
Santa Cruz16532207
Marin14791239
Yolo14759215
Butte13176205
Shasta12925242
El Dorado11010120
Napa1040084
Sutter10126115
Yuba694951
San Benito626363
Lassen587626
Tehama583666
Nevada532475
Humboldt501053
Mendocino465851
Tuolumne446173
Lake415765
Amador386148
Siskiyou255440
Glenn246027
Colusa235718
Calaveras229558
Del Norte16128
Inyo145338
Mono13195
Plumas7656
Modoc5737
Mariposa4977
Trinity4596
Sierra1260
Alpine890
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