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Governor Brown announces 'extension' for Oregon counties facing return to Extreme Risk

The modification announced by Governor Kate Brown's office on Thursday almost certainly applies to Jackson County, which has been on track to lose its newly-gained reduction to High Risk.

Posted: Mar 4, 2021 1:11 PM
Updated: Mar 4, 2021 5:05 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown's office on Thursday announced a modification to the state's COVID-19 risk level system that could spare areas like Jackson County from sliding back into Extreme Risk status.

Brown's office issued a "two-week extension," allowing counties that have moved down from Extreme Risk to maintain their new status for another two weeks — even if their coronavirus case rates would have otherwise spelled a backslide into the state's highest restrictions.

The change almost certainly applies to Jackson County, which finally dropped to High Risk last Friday, allowing restaurants to resume indoor dining and giving some businesses an opportunity to reopen for the first time in months. But the lower risk level requires that the county see less than 200 cases per 100,000 people each week, which the county surpassed last week and is on track to do again.

"Oregon continues to fare better than most states in the nation with regards to infection and mortality rates, thanks to the smart choices Oregonians continue to make," said Governor Brown. "Recognizing the challenges businesses encounter when facing a switch back and forth between Extreme Risk and other risk levels, this two-week extension will alleviate some of these challenges and give counties a bit more time to bring case rates down. As always, businesses and community members should continue to make smart choices and follow statewide and county-specific health and safety guidance. We all have a part to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19.”


RELATED: Jackson County officially moves from 'Extreme Risk' to 'High Risk'


In a statement, Brown's office reasoned that case rates around Oregon have largely been declining. The two-week extension is designed to allow counties an opportunity to "re-focus their efforts" on driving case rates back down, and give local businesses more certainty on their plans on opening and staying open.

"If, at the end of the two-week extension, case rate data still puts the county at Extreme Risk, the county will move to that level," Brown's office stipulated.

Counties that have been given the extension will be noted in the state's next risk level list, issued every two weeks when new risk levels are assigned. The next one is set to be announced on Tuesday, March 9, and would take effect the following Friday.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 173626

Reported Deaths: 2457
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah34641566
Washington23309229
Marion20037299
Clackamas15216204
Lane11478144
Jackson9846127
Umatilla795383
Deschutes698772
Linn410763
Yamhill407074
Malheur342558
Polk341752
Klamath340859
Josephine304262
Douglas302765
Benton272518
Jefferson205932
Coos196631
Columbia153326
Union141124
Lincoln129720
Wasco128628
Hood River112429
Morrow107815
Clatsop8838
Crook86819
Baker85114
Curry5919
Tillamook5763
Lake4137
Grant4044
Harney3046
Wallowa1575
Sherman570
Gilliam551
Wheeler251
Unassigned00

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Cases: 3714587

Reported Deaths: 60922
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Los Angeles122811823601
Riverside2972154525
San Bernardino2944644544
San Diego2745663662
Orange2687624886
Santa Clara1167722013
Kern1077641317
Sacramento1010581646
Fresno1004311642
Alameda850891475
Ventura802301000
San Joaquin714311334
Contra Costa66839781
Stanislaus603061028
Tulare49383829
Monterey43260352
San Mateo41050560
San Francisco35947517
Santa Barbara33830446
Solano31875239
Merced31196452
Sonoma29632311
Imperial27920718
Kings22755245
Placer21751283
San Luis Obispo20917256
Madera16234239
Santa Cruz15554203
Marin13851226
Yolo13547199
Shasta11677217
Butte11529196
El Dorado9688109
Napa965479
Sutter9268109
Yuba609844
San Benito596963
Lassen566624
Tehama543056
Nevada444775
Tuolumne406664
Mendocino398747
Amador361646
Humboldt358737
Lake339943
Glenn235425
Colusa219216
Calaveras205551
Siskiyou194021
Inyo141738
Del Norte12747
Mono12734
Plumas6906
Modoc4884
Mariposa4197
Trinity3985
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