As COVID-19 Virus case counts decline, Clatsop County will be upgraded to moderate risk for the coronavirus on Friday. Since late April, the county has been on the state’s high-risk list for the virus. Gov. Kate Brown stated on Tuesday that, beginning June 1, county risk level modifications will be reported weekly rather than biweekly.
Counties that see their risk level rise again will be given a warning period to reduce case counts. When 70% of Oregonians aged 16 and above received at least one dose of the vaccine, most of the limitations will be relaxed. On Friday, counties with 65 percent of adults 16 and older receiving at least one dose were offered the option to move into a lower risk category, allowing them to begin lifting restrictions ahead of the state’s 70 percent target.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, almost 59 percent of Clatsop County residents aged 16 and above have received at least one dose. Last week, Astoria Mayor Bruce Jones, the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce, and Warrenton Mayor Henry Balensifer petitioned the governor to eliminate the coronavirus warning week for counties moving into lower-risk areas.