COVID-19: Washington, Clackamas, other counties lowered to 'moderate risk'
Washington and Clackamas counties were among 16 counties that improved their risk level on Tuesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's office announced Feb. 23.
Both counties were moved from High Risk to Moderate Risk. Marion County was lowered from Extreme Risk to High Risk. Nine other counties moved down from Extreme Risk as well.
Multnomah County remains in High Risk. A complete list of counties is available here.
The change is effective Feb. 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.
The Extreme Risk category is the most restrictive. Among other things, indoor dining is not allowed and gyms and entertainment venues are strictly limited in capacity. But in the High Risk category, restaurants can allow some indoor dining and gyms are able to slightly increase the number of people they let inside.
This latest update comes as Oregon is showing that COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations are continuing to trend to down. On Tuesday, the health authority reported 528 new cases, bringing the state total to 153,645. There were eight additional deaths in Oregon, raising the state's toll to 2,162.
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon on Tuesday was 165, which is two fewer than Monday. There are 44 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, three fewer than Monday.
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