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Clatsop County moves to COVID “moderate risk” level


Clatsop County will move to the “Moderate Risk” category of state-mandated COVID-19 business and social guidelines beginning tomorrow, Thursday, May 27, based on the local rate of new infections.

The Oregon Health Authority recorded 31 new COVID-19 cases in the two-week reporting period from May 9 through May 22.

Under the Moderate Risk designation, restaurants, gyms, faith institutions and indoor entertainment establishments may operate at 50-percent capacity. For a complete list of all risk level guidance and restrictions, go online to

Gov. Kate Brown recently announced a new risk-level metric based on vaccination rates in each county. As of May 21, counties with 65 percent of individuals 16 and over with at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose will be allowed to enter the Lower Risk category, which carries the fewest business and social restrictions. Counties that have not reached the 65-percent target will continue to have their Risk Levels set based on their local COVID case numbers.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, as of May 25 a total of 19,413 Clatsop County residents 16 and over – 59.2 percent – have received at least a first dose. Statewide that number is slightly higher. 62 percent.

Yesterday, Oregon reported 424 new confirmed and presumptive COVId-19 cases, and four new deaths.