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The risk level in Columbia County lowers from high to moderate, as the pandemic eases a bit.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon Governor Kate Brown receives the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. Joe Skariah at the OHSU Primary Care Clinic in Scappoose.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's office announced Tuesday, March 23, that Columbia County's COVID-19 risk level has been lowered from "high" to "moderate."

The risk category is effective March 26 through at least April 8.

The Oregon Health Authority breaks down Oregon's 36 counties into four categories for COVID-19: extreme risk, high risk, moderate risk and lower risk. Health and safety measures are assigned for each level.

Brown said, in a statement, "This week, we continue to see the majority of counties at lower and moderate risk, and I want to thank Oregonians once again for making smart choices throughout this pandemic."

Brown continued, "As we work to open up vaccine eligibility to all Oregonians by May 1, we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel get a little brighter. But, we still have more work to do to reach the level of community-wide protection we need."

The governor encourages everyone to wear masks, socially distance, stay home when sick and get vaccinated when eligible.

Both neighboring Multnomah County and Washington County have been in the moderate risk category for weeks.

Neighboring Clatsop County was categorized as lower risk, but with the March 23 update, it will move up to moderate risk, according to the governor's office.


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