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OR Creates New Metric For Counties To Move Backwards In COVID Risk Level

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Health Authority is making it more difficult for counties to be in the Extreme Risk category of the COVID-19 reopening plan.  Governor Kate Brown announced yesterday she's adding a new statewide hospitalization metric for moving into the Extreme Risk level.  Counties will only move backwards if COVID-19 positive patients occupy at least 300 hospital beds and if the county sees a 15-percent increase in their seven-day average of new cases.  There are currently three counties in Oregon that would be in the Extreme Risk category if not for the new rule.  They are Josephine, Klamath and Tillamook counties.

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