Governor Kate Brown announced that Clackamas County would be moving to lower risk today. Clackamas County has vaccinated 65% of its residents aged 16 and older and submitted a Vaccine Equity Plan to the Oregon Health Authority on May 28.
“This is great news for our Clackamas County residents and businesses,” said Clackamas County Commissioners Board Chair Tootie Smith. “I’d like to express my thanks to our local business community and residents for their sacrifices as they worked to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I’m hopeful that with our collective efforts we will soon fully reopen and get back to business.”
According to state guidelines, lower risk means restaurants, bars, and other food establishments; gyms and fitness facilities; retail stores; and faith institutions and funeral homes can have greater capacity indoors and outdoors and stay open later. For more details, refer to OHA’s Sector Level Guidance Chart
“Achieving 65% vaccination is an excellent accomplishment,” said Clackamas County Public Health Director Philip Mason-Joyner. “COVID-19 still remains a serious health risk for residents who have not yet been vaccinated. Now 98% of the people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. We recommend everyone get vaccinated as soon as they can to avoid getting sick.”