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Latest Oregon COVID-19 Risk Levels Put SW Oregon At The Bottom


Counties in southwest Oregon are having the hardest time getting the virus under control, judging by the COVID-19 risk categories released Tuesday by Gov. Kate Brown’s office.

Most of Oregon’s 36 counties are now in the state’s Lower Risk or Moderate Risk categories, except for eight counties, five of which are in southwest Oregon.

Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties are still considered High Risk. Coos and Curry are the state’s only two remaining Extreme Risk counties.

Klamath County had been promoted from High to Moderate Risk two weeks ago, but now its cases have risen enough to qualify for High Risk again.

Josephine County similarly qualifies to be returned to Extreme Risk but the governor’s office has given both counties a two-week grace period to get their case numbers down again to avoid getting demoted.

"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," said Governor Brown. "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. I encourage all Oregonians to keep wearing your masks, maintain physical distance, stay home when sick, and get your vaccine when it's available to you."

Liam Moriarty has been covering news in the Pacific Northwest for three decades. He served two stints as JPR News Director and retired full-time from JPR at the end of 2021. Liam now edits and curates the news on JPR's website and digital platforms.