Governor Kate Brown today announced updates to county risk levels to protect Oregonians from COVID-19. The ratings employ four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk. Effective March 26 through April 8, there will be two counties in the Extreme Risk level – six at High Risk, 14 at Moderate Risk, and 14 at Lower Risk. Lincoln County, which had previously been at Lower Risk, was bumped back up into Moderate Risk. Tillamook County’s position remains the same – “moderate.”
Governor Kate Brown told the news media “This week we continue to see the majority of counties at Lower and Moderate Risk, and I want to thank Oregonians once again for making smart choices throughout this pandemic.” As we work to open up vaccinations to ALL OREGONIANS by May 1st, we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel get a little brighter. But, we still have more work to do to reach the level of community-wide protection that we desperately need. I encourage all Oregonians to keep wearing your masks, maintain physical distance, stay home when sick, and get your vaccine when it’s available to you.”
The Oregon Health Authority will examine and publish county data weekly. County risk levels will be listed every two weeks. The first week’s data will provide a “warning week” to prepare counties for potential risk level changes. The next assignment of risk levels will be announced April 6 and take effect April 9.
Updates to warning data and county risk levels will be posted to coronavirus.oregon.gov.
Meanwhile, the whole scientific community is trying to get everybody vaccinated despite a large number of Americans who refuse to do it. Virus scientists say unless at least 70 to 90% of the country’s population gets vaccinated, we all might be wearing facemasks for a lot longer than we expected because many Donald Trump supporters might never wear a mask or get vaccinated. And that suggests that those who don’t get vaccinated will see their family members come down with the virus – and as a result, a number of them pass away. You can fight city hall, but you can’t… fight… SCIENCE.