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Linn, Deschutes Counties Improve To ‘High’ Risk


Falling COVID-19 case counts mean Linn and Deschutes Counties are among 10 Oregon counties that will improveto ‘High Risk” or "Moderate Risk" under Gov. Kate Brown’s public health framework, starting this Friday.

The change means restaurants will be allowed to offer indoor dining in those counties. Some types of businesses will be allowed to serve more customers at a time. Fourteen Oregon counties remain in “Extreme Risk,” which is the strictest category. Those include Lane, Benton, Douglas and Lincoln Counties.

"It’s also incredibly important that we continue to remain vigilant and protect our neighbors and loved ones as we face virulent new strains of COVID-19," said Brown. "This means continuing to wear masks, keep our physical distance, and avoid indoor gatherings. If we want to keep businesses open, reopen schools for in-person instruction, and stay safe, we must keep up our guard. Until vaccines are more widely available, case counts could go back up if we don't keep following safety measures."

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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