Umatilla County will remain in the high risk category for COVID-19 for at least another week, according to the updated categories released by Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday, June 9.
The county is one of 11 in the high risk category. There are now 21 counties in low risk and four in moderate risk.
Risk levels are based on a county’s COVID-19 cases per capita and test positivity rate. According to Oregon Health Authority, Umatilla County’s rate of tests coming back positive on June 6 was 7.8%, compared to 3.1% statewide.
In counties under high risk, establishments such as restaurants, gyms, museums, theaters and churches are only allowed to operate at 25% capacity or risk fines from OSHA.
Retail stores are capped at 50% capacity. Indoor social gatherings are capped at six people.
Morrow County is in the low risk category. Under low risk, restaurants and gyms can operate at 50% capacity and retail stores at 75%. Indoor social gatherings are capped at 10 people.
Brown has promised that the restrictions based on risk level will go away once 70% of Oregonians over age 18 have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
“But, for unvaccinated individuals, COVID-19 remains as large a threat as it ever was,” she said in a news release. “With more contagious variants spreading, far too many Oregonians are still being hospitalized when they could be protected with a vaccine. If you have been waiting to get vaccinated, go get your shot today. It’s never been easier to get an appointment, and you may just win $1 million through the Take Your Shot, Oregon campaign.”