Umatilla County’s COVID-19 numbers continue to decrease.

From Wednesday, March 3, to Tuesday, March 9, the county saw 55 new reported cases of COVID-19, down from 77 in the seven days prior to that. The county did not report any new deaths in the past week.

Morrow County saw only three new cases reported in the past seven days, and no new deaths of individuals with COVID-19.

Oregon Health Authority announces new risk levels for each county every two weeks based on the cases and test positivity rates for a county in a 14-day time period. On Tuesday, March 9, the state announced that Umatilla County would remain at high risk for another two weeks, while Morrow County will move from moderate to low starting Friday, March 12.

“We are largely seeing case rates decline across the state, with the most counties in the Lower Risk level since the framework was introduced in November,” Governor Kate Brown said in a news release. “This should serve as a reminder that when we follow the health and safety measures we know work against this virus, we can truly make a difference in infection spread. But, we still have more work to do before we reach the level of community-wide protection we need in order to return to a sense of normalcy. I encourage all Oregonians to keep it up and to get your vaccine when it’s available to you.”

Oregon has reported a total of 158,007 known cases of COVID-19 and 2,303 deaths of individuals with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, placing it as the fourth lowest number of cases per capita and the fifth lowest deaths per capita of the 50 states, according to the CDC.

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