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Lane County Moving To Extreme Risk For COVID, Along With 14 Others

State of Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday, 15 counties, including Lane, Deschutes and Linn, will move to Extreme Risk for COVID-19 restrictions.

The county risk level updates come as new coronavirus cases continue to surge and more than 300 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide. 

In a statement, the governor warned, “If we don’t act now, doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other health care providers in Oregon will be stretched to their limits.” Brown also alluded to the threat of new variants widespread in many communities. 

Under the state’s public health framework, Extreme risk means no indoor dining and heavy restrictions on gyms and recreational spaces.  

Credit Oregon Health Authority
OHA risk level changes go into effect Friday.


To assist impacted businesses, the governor says she’s working with lawmakers to approve a 20-million dollar small business emergency relief package.

The 15 counties will move to Extreme risk level on Friday and be evaluated weekly for the next three weeks. 

OHA risk guidance chart
A complete list of counties and their risk levels is here.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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