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. With the statewide seven-day average increase for hospitalized COVID-19 positive patients dropping below 15 percent, Oregon no longer meets the statewide metrics for the Extreme Risk level. Effective Friday, May 7, 15 counties will return to High Risk. In total, 24 counties will be at High Risk, including Lincoln County, four at Moderate Risk, and eight at Lower Risk. COVID-19 case numbers and vaccination numbers for Lincoln County continue to trend in favorable ways.
Governor Kate Brown extended her declaration of a state of emergency for COVID-19 for 60 days, until June 28, 2021, unless earlier rescinded or extended. Lincoln County Board of Commissioners also extended the county declaration of emergency until July 7,2021.
Susan Trachsel Lincoln County public health gave a report to the commissioners saying the number of cases in April were at 145, up from March when we had 78 cases. She said even though the numbers were higher, for the third week in a row case numbers declined and in fact missed moving from the High Risk to Moderate Risk category by only six cases. Lincoln County is number two in vaccination rates behind Benton County The county is at 61.2 percent of the population age 16 and older that have been vaccinated.