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Oregon's latest county COVID-19 risk levels bring few changes; some relief for gyms

Most of the state will remain on the highest, 'Extreme Risk' level restrictions. Curry and Lake were the only southern Oregon counties to change, dropping to the lowest possible level.

Posted: Jan 26, 2021 12:35 PM
Updated: Jan 26, 2021 7:25 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Despite gradually declining coronavirus cases statewide, Oregon's county risk levels remain largely unmoved under the latest list published by state officials. But for counties under the highest restrictions, the new list brings with it some relief for gyms and similar businesses.

Effective January 29 through February 11, there will be 25 counties in the Extreme Risk level, two at High Risk, one at Moderate Risk, and eight at Lower Risk.

In southern Oregon, the only two counties to see a change were Curry and Lake counties, which dropped from Moderate to Lower Risk — the lowest possible level of restrictions under the state plan. Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties remain at Extreme Risk.

“Most of the state remains in the Extreme Risk category," said Governor Brown in a statement. "This is an important reminder for all Oregonians to continue to do their part by abiding by the health and safety guidelines in place. Until vaccines are widely available with high participation rates, the surest way to lower our risk and open our businesses and communities is to continue practicing the measures we know are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 — wear your mask, keep physical distance from others, avoid gatherings, wash your hands often, and stay home when you are sick."

Brown's office said that some of the Extreme Risk guidance has been modified, also effective January 29. The change allows for a maximum of six people to be indoors at facilities over 500 square feet — for "all indoor activities except dining" — as long as social distancing, cleaning, and face covering guidance is followed.

For smaller buildings, the modified guidance allows for "1:1 customer experiences, such as personal training."

"The science has shown us that outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities when it comes to the spread of COVID 19, which is why we have clearly delineated guidance between indoor and outdoor activities," said Governor Brown. "We have seen over the last several weeks that Oregonians have largely complied with risk levels to the point that we have not seen a surge in hospitalizations that would have jeopardized hospital capacity. This means we are able to make these adjustments for Extreme Risk counties, which should assist both businesses and Oregonians as we continue to work to stop the spread of COVID-19."

The Oregon Health Authority goes over county COVID-19 data every week, changing county risk levels every two weeks.


EDIT: An earlier version of this story indicated that Lake County remained at Moderate, which was later corrected by Governor Kate Brown's office: "The original data for calculating Lake County's risk level included 12 cases from adults in custody at Warner Creek Correctional Facility in Lakeview, which should not have been included in the county's risk level metrics. Because adults in custody do not interact with members of the broader community, the Oregon Health Authority is subtracting these cases from Lake County's risk level calculation, as they do with all other counties with correctional facilities."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 154554

Reported Deaths: 2204
CountyCasesDeaths
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Washington21060212
Marion18335285
Clackamas13310175
Lane10172126
Jackson8299111
Umatilla763181
Deschutes591859
Yamhill375964
Linn356556
Malheur334358
Polk302942
Klamath277455
Douglas242853
Benton231816
Josephine231649
Jefferson195028
Coos142519
Union127519
Columbia124321
Wasco122026
Lincoln112820
Hood River106329
Morrow104414
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6487
Curry4166
Tillamook4122
Lake3746
Harney2726
Grant2221
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
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Reported Deaths: 51395
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Riverside2891853749
San Bernardino2853342673
Orange2603483889
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1098411765
Kern102627811
Fresno947941412
Sacramento929441464
Alameda800881224
Ventura77238834
San Joaquin665691082
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus55775944
Tulare47784746
Monterey42138327
San Mateo38763515
San Francisco34061398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano29968164
Merced28915395
Sonoma27954298
Imperial26843589
Kings21951218
Placer19713231
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15390209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12760185
Shasta10944174
Butte10915160
El Dorado9095100
Napa897668
Sutter884597
San Benito574359
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada393274
Mendocino379643
Amador344441
Humboldt316033
Lake313440
Glenn221023
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3947
Trinity3675
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