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15 Counties Moving Out of Extreme Risk Under State Guidelines


Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday that 15 counties that were moved to “extreme risk” for COVID-19 restrictions last week will be moved to “high risk” on Friday.

She says the statewide seven-day average for people hospitalized with COVID-19 has dropped below 15 percent—the statewide metric for extreme risk level. Brown said Oregon is not out of the woods yet because cases and hospitalizations remain high.

“Based on today’s numbers, I am keeping my commitment to Oregonians," Brown said in a statement. "Beginning Friday, all counties in Extreme Risk will return to High Risk. With Oregonians continuing to get vaccinated each week, my expectation is that we will not return to Extreme Risk again for the duration of this pandemic.

Lane, Linn, and Deschutes Counties are among the 15 counties that will move to “high risk” Friday. Douglas County is going from “moderate” to “high risk”.  

Here's a list of counties and their risk levels. 

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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