With COVID-19 infection rates rising rapidly in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday, Nov. 25, that strict health and safety measures will likely need to be in place for at least 21 counties found to be at extreme risk for COVID-19 spread following the two-week freeze, which ended Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Clatsop County was designated as high risk as of Nov. 25. The Oregon Health Authority will reexamine county data on Monday, Nov. 30, to determine which counties will be put under each risk level starting Dec. 3. The information will be reviewed and adjusted as needed every two weeks.
Some of the measures for high risk include: social indoor gatherings are limited to a max of six people, recommended limit of two households; social outdoor gathering have a max of eight people; for eating and drinking establishments, indoor dining is available, not to exceed 24 percent capacity, with a 11 p.m. closure, outdoor dining is available with a max of 75 capacity, six people per table, and limit two households; indoor recreation and fitness establishments and indoor entertainment establishments have a 25 percent capacity max or 50 people total (whichever is smaller); retail stores and indoor/outdoor shopping centers have a max 50 percent capacity and encourage curbside pickup; faith institutions, funeral homes, mortuaries and cemeteries have an indoor max 25 percent capacity or 150 people total (whichever is smaller) and 200 max outdoors; offices are recommended to implement remote work if able; outdoor recreation and fitness, as well as outdoor entertainment establishments, have a max of 75 people; personal services are allowed; and long-term care visitation is allowed.
“The county has recorded a total of 362 COVID-19 cases since March,” Clatsop County stated in a press release. “Three hundred and two have recovered, five individuals have been hospitalized, and one person has died. The rest are recovering at home.”
According to Oregon Health Authority’s weekly report of Nov. 25, there have been 116 positive and presumptive cases in Astoria, 102 in Warrenton, 77 in Seaside and Gearhart areas, 12 in Hammond and 1-9 in Cannon Beach.