Governor Kate Brown this week announced that 16 counties improved in risk level, with 10 of those improving from Extreme Risk. County risk levels under the state's public health framework aim 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. Effective February 26 through March 11, there will be five counties in the Extreme Risk level, 11 at High Risk, 10 at Moderate Risk, and 10 at Lower Risk, including Lincoln County.
Lincoln County reported only 18 new Covid 19 cases in the past two weeks. Being moved to low risk means that social and at home gatherings indoors are open to a maximum of 10 people, 4 households. Outdoor maximum gathering size is 12. Indoor dining is allowed at 50% maximum occupancy 8 people per table. Gyms, fitness centers, indoor sports and pools are allowed at 50% maximum occupancy but indoor full contact sports are prohibited. Aquariums, zoos, theaters and indoor entertainment activities are at 50% maximum occupancy. Faith institutions, and outdoor recreation allowed at 75% occupancy or 300 people. The next assignment of risk levels will be announced March 9 and take effect March 12.
Governor Kate Brown has also extended her declaration of a state of emergency for COVID-19 for 60 days, until May 2. The declaration is the legal underpinning for the Governor’s COVID-19 executive orders and the Oregon Health Authority’s health and safety guidance. Extending the state of emergency also helps ensure Oregon is able to fully utilize available federal COVID-19 relief and assistance, including assistance with vaccine distribution.The Governor reviews and reevaluates each of her emergency orders every 60 days, to determine whether those orders should be continued, modified, or rescinded.