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Clatsop County now in ‘Lower Risk’ category for COVID

Clatsop County now in ‘Lower Risk’ category for COVID

Starting today, Clatsop County is now in the Lower Risk category for COVID-19, according to statewide metrics. The county had previously been at “Moderate Risk.” The change reflects a lower local rate of new infections.

The Oregon Health Authority recorded 16 new COVID-19 cases in the two-week reporting period from May 16 through May 29.

Under the Lower Risk designation, restaurants, gyms and indoor entertainment establishments may operate at 50-percent capacity, and faith institutions may allow up to 75-percent of capacity.

Last month, Gov. Kate Brown announced that restrictions imposed under the risk level metric will be lifted once 70 percent of the state’s population age 16 and over receives at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In Clatsop County, about 51 percent of people aged 18 and over are currently vaccinated.