The Oregon Health Authority also announces the most recent COVID-19 figures on Saturday, June 12.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Clackamas County Chair Tootie SmithOregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Saturday, June 12, that Clackamas County has been approved to move to the state's Lower Risk pandemic restriction level for reopening.

The move is effective immediately, Brown's office said.

The county reached the required 65% first-dose vaccination rate for adults on Saturday after nearly making the cutoff last week. The county's public health nurses administered over 1,000 vaccines to homebound residents and worked with all 10 school districts in the county to bring the vaccine directly to those schools for students and families since June 8, according to health officials.

"I would like to thank everyone in Clackamas County who worked so hard to make this possible. This truly was a community-wide effort. And thank you to everyone who has gotten vaccinated — you are protecting yourself, your loved ones and your community from COVID-19," Brown said.

According to state guidelines, Lower Risk means restaurants, bars and other food establishments; gyms and fitness facilities; retail stores; and faith institutions and funeral homes can have greater capacity indoors and outdoors and stay open later.

"This is great news for our Clackamas County residents and businesses. I'd like to express my thanks to our local business community and residents for their sacrifices as they worked to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I'm hopeful that with our collective efforts we will soon fully reopen and get back to business," Clackamas County Commission Chair Tootie Smith said.

All risk categories will be eliminated when 70% of the adult population in the state receives at least one COVID-19 vaccination. Masks will still be required in limited circumstances, such as hospitals, airports and on mass transit.

"Now, let's keep working so we can reach 70% statewide — if you've been waiting to get vaccinated, now is the time. It's free, there are available appointments across the state — and you just might win $1 million," said Brown, referring to the Oregon Lottery drawing for vaccinated residents.

Most recent COVID-19 figures announced

Also on Saturday, the Oregon Health Authority announced 285 more cases of the coronavirus, bringing the state's total number of cases to 204,865.

Three more Oregonians died from the virus as well, according to the health authority. The reported victims were women aged 77, 93, and 96 years old. All three had underlying medical conditions. Oregon's COVID-19 death toll rose to 2,729 as a result.

State health officials also reported 17,231 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. The agency said the seven-day running average of doses being administered is now 17,567 doses per day.

Hospitalizations fell by nine from the previous day to 160 though one more intensive care unit patient was added (41).

"The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 1,278, which is a 23.4% decrease from the previous seven days," the health authority said. "The peak daily number of beds occupied by COVID-19 positive patients in the most recent seven days is 206."

The new cases reported Saturday were from the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (5), Clackamas (28), Columbia (3), Coos (2), Crook (9), Curry (1), Deschutes (14), Douglas (30), Gilliam (3), Harney (2), Jackson (15), Jefferson (3), Josephine (5), Klamath (5), Lane (22), Lincoln (2), Linn (9), Malheur (3), Marion (25), Multnomah (37), Polk (3), Sherman (1), Umatilla (10), Union (1), Washington (38), Wheeler (1) and Yamhill (6).

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