Governor Kate Brown announced updates to county risk levels under the state's public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19. The framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk—and assigns health and safety measures for each level. as of Friday, March 26. Lincoln County will move from Low risk to Moderate Risk on Friday.
Lincoln County has a few outbreaks right now. Even with the nice weather and breaks from school or work, don't forget to wear a face covering, physically distance, wash your hands, and keep groups small. Florence Pourtal, Lincoln County deputy public heath director, told the Lincoln County board of commissioners at their meeting on Monday that the new cases are local in origin, and none have been tied to visitors. Outbreaks have come through a birthday party, sports practice and a restaurant, among other sources. Progress on getting vaccine continues to pick up speed.
March 23, 2021 case update: 9 new cases (3 Saturday, 1 Monday, 5 Tuesday) 1,184 total cases 56 ever hospitalized 20 deaths
Pourtal reported Lincoln County now has 14,993 people who have had at least one shot, the third highest percentage of any county in the state. This represents 51 percent of the total population who are likely to be getting vaccinations and 31 percent of the total county population. Vaccine deliveries to the county are setting another record. 2,822 prime doses are arriving this week, shared between county Public Health, Samaritan Health, pharmacies, the Siletz Community Health Clinic and North Lincoln Fire and Rescue.
Effective March 26 through April 8, there will be two counties in the Extreme Risk level, six at High Risk, 14 at Moderate Risk, and 14 at Lower Risk. The Oregon Health Authority will examine and publish county data weekly. County risk levels will be reassigned every two weeks. The first week's data will provide a "warning week" to prepare counties for potential risk level changes. The next assignment of risk levels will be announced April 6 and take effect April 9.
Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement, one year after she signed Oregon’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order. “One year ago, Oregonians stayed home and worked together to protect our loved ones from a disease we were just beginning to understand. Thanks to your smart choices over the last year, Oregon continues to have some of the lowest numbers for COVID-19 cases and deaths in the nation.