SALEM, OR (KPTV) – Governor Kate Brown announced on Tuesday updates to county risk levels under the state’s public health framework. With the statewide seven-day average increase for hospitalized COVID-19 patients dropping below 15%, the state no longer meets the statewide metrics for the Extreme Risk level.
Effective May 7, 15 counties will return to High Risk. In total, 24 counties will be at High Risk, four at Moderate Risk, and eight at Lower Risk. A complete list of counties and their risk levels is available here.
Governor Brown issued the following statement:
“Let me be clear: across the state, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are still high, and Oregon is not out of the woods yet. However, we have met the hospitalization metric established by our health experts for counties to return to High Risk. From the beginning, I have said that returning counties to the Extreme Risk level was about preserving hospital capacity and saving lives. With our statewide hospitalization rate stabilizing, our hospitals should have the capacity to continue treating patients with severe cases of COVID-19 and other serious medical conditions in the coming weeks,” said Gov. Brown.