Clackamas County in danger of moving to 'high risk' category
Clackamas County is making a plea to its residents to continue their work in helping limit the spread of COVID-19 as the county's case rate and test positivity continue to see slight upticks.
The county sent out a Tweet on Wednesday, March 24, notifying the public that it is right below the threshold for moving from "moderate" to "high" risk at 98.7 cases per 100,000 population. The county is also hovering just below the threshold of 5% test positivity at 4.2% with 418 presumptive and confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past two weeks.
Should the county's metrics continue to trend upward over the next two-week period, Clackamas County could see itself moved back into the high-risk category by Gov. Kate Brown, which would mean more stringent restrictions on county businesses once again.
Oh no â€“ weâ€™re close to moving back to High Risk. If we go over 100 positive COVID-19 cases per 100K people we will be forced to reduce capacity in businesses. Right now weâ€™re at 98.7 cases per 100k people. Please keep working to limit the spread. #ClackamasStrong pic.twitter.com/Ob0iAcI8wb— Clackamas County, OR (@clackamascounty) March 24, 2021
The news of the Clackamas County's potential to move backwards in terms of risk levels comes as vaccination sites open up this week throughout the county, including the Clackamas Town Center (March 26 and 27) and Molalla High School (March 31). Several other vaccination sites have been set up, but according to the county's vaccination website, those events have already been fully scheduled.
On Friday, March 19, Brown announced accelerated vaccination timelines if a county has largely finished vaccinating seniors. 50% of seniors in Clackamas County are vaccinated, therefore Clackamas County will not accelerate COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and instead will use this week to give seniors an opportunity to get vaccinated.
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