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More Oregon counties now deemed ‘extreme risk’ of COVID-19 spread
By Andrew Theen | The Oregonian/OregonLive - Story Source
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Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday announced new coronavirus risk levels for counties across the state, shifting three additional counties on the coast and in eastern Oregon to the highest concern level.

Twenty-six of Oregon’s 36 counties are now classified as an “extreme risk” to COVID-19 spread, the highest possible level.

Baker Clatsop, Coos and Morrow counties were elevated to the highest risk level, joining the Portland area and all counties in the Willamette Valley. Effective Jan. 15, they will face bans or closures of indoor dining, gyms and theaters, among other businesses. The highest risk level also puts a cap on religious service attendance and other restrictions.

“We are reminded that health and safety measures continue to be of utmost importance, even when we slow the spread of COVID-19,” Brown said in a statement. “I want to remind all Oregonians to continue to do their part by abiding by the health and safety guidelines in place. Until vaccines are widely available with high participation rates, the surest way to open our communities is to continue practicing the measures we know are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 — wear your mask, keep physical distance from others, avoid gatherings, wash your hands often, and stay home when you are sick.” Read full story