SALEM, Ore. — Two counties have been removed from Oregon's coronavirus "watch list," Governor Kate Brown announced on Friday. She says that Multnomah and Hood River counties have successfully worked to reduce community spread of the virus.
Jackson County, which was added to the state's watch list on August 20, will remain on the list for at least three weeks — meaning that the soonest it could be removed would be September 10. Jackson is one of six counties that remain on the list as of Friday.
“We continue to see counties working diligently to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in their communities — to the point where two more counties now come off the Watch List. I want to applaud county officials and community members in Hood River and Multnomah Counties for their efforts in curbing community spread of COVID-19," said Governor Brown.
Watch list status has become a marker for areas with an alarming rate of community spread where "sporadic" cases cannot be traced to a source. Oregon makes additional public health resources available to counties on the list in an effort to more quickly find and contain these cases.
In some cases, when those efforts do not make an impact on sporadic case rates, Governor Brown has rolled back a county's reopening status.
"While no counties are being added to the Watch List this week, it's still important that all Oregonians remain vigilant in protecting themselves and their friends, families, and neighbors from this disease. This means keeping up with physical distancing, wearing a face covering, staying home when sick, and washing your hands often,” said Brown
The complete watch list now includes the following six counties: Baker, Jackson, Jefferson, Malheur, Morrow, and Umatilla.