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Decline in COVID-19 Virus Moves Clatsop County to Moderate Risk

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.

Brown said in a statement, “The science is clear: vaccines are very effective in keeping people safe from the COVID-19 Virus, and they are the key to returning to normal life and lifting health and safety restrictions statewide. This disease remains dangerous for those in communities with high rates of unvaccinated individuals. It’s never been easier to get vaccinated, and you may just end up a winner through the Take Your Shot, Oregon campaign.”

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.

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