County remains at High Risk for the next risk level period from Friday, April 30 through Thursday, May 6

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Benton County remains at High Risk for the next risk level period from Friday, April 30 through Thursday, May 6.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced changes today to county risk levels under Oregon’s Risk and Protection Framework due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the state. Governor Brown canceled the “warning week”  amid the current surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. 

For at least the next three weeks county COVID-19 data will be evaluated on a weekly basis, eliminating the “warning week” period, in an effort to speed up the return to normal business operations. Counties will now receive their risk level designation on Tuesday and move to their assigned risk level Friday of the same week. County risk levels will be announced  next on Tuesday, May 4 and take effect on Friday, May 7. Counties that improve their COVID-19 metrics will have the opportunity to move to a lower risk level. Counties in the Extreme Risk level will only remain there for a maximum of three weeks, at which point the Oregon Health Authority will reevaluate the need for counties to remain at Extreme Risk.