County moves to Extreme Risk level; new COVID restrictions coming

POSTED: Dec. 15, 2020

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Clatsop County will move into the state’s Extreme Risk category of COVID-19 business and social restrictions beginning Friday, Dec. 18.

The change will impose further restrictions on bars and restaurants and indoor recreation and entertainment establishments.

The move was announced Tuesday by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, as a result of the county’s COVID-19 case rate rising above 200 per 100,000 population for the two-week period between Nov. 29 and Dec. 12. During that period the state recorded 94 new cases for the county.

The state introduced the risk level metric last month to impose business and social restrictions based on each county’s infection rates. Twenty-nine of Oregon’s 36 counties will come under the Extreme Risk category beginning Friday at 12:01 a.m.

Clatsop County’s and other counties’ risk-level status will be re-evaluated after two weeks.

New restrictions under the Extreme Risk category include:

EATING/DRINKING ESTABLISHMENTS: No indoor dining, 50 people maximum outdoor
INDOOR RECREATION ESTABLISHMENTS: Closed
INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT ESTABLISHMENTS: Closed
LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES: No indoor visitation.

GO HERE for a complete list of all restrictions.

More than $900,000 is available in grants to local small businesses impacted by COVID-19 closures and restrictions. Go to this link for more information.

As of Dec. 15, the county has recorded a total of 473 positive COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic in March, but almost half of those cases have come since the beginning of November. According to the Clatsop County Public Health Department, the primary source of most new infections continues to be parties and social gatherings with little or no mask-wearing.

Clatsop County encourages members of the public to conduct business with county offices by phone or online. Appointments are required for in-person services.

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