COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
On This Page
- Current Case Counts
- Live Data Dashboards
- General Guidance
- Daily Video Updates
- Testing Site Locator
- County Phone Bank
**As of 10/02/2020 Benton County is on the Governor's Covid-19 watch list**
Benton County remains in Phase 2.
More information on the watch list can be found at the Governor's COVID-19 website.
|Current Case Counts
UPDATED: 10/27/2020, 10:59 a.m.
Benton County announces new COVID-19 cases and fatalities Monday - Friday by 1:00 p.m.
The Oregon Health Authority reports presumptive cases; Benton County, Oregon reports confirmed COVID-19 cases. Presumptive means an individual is symptomatic and has been tested for COVID-19, but test results have not been reported. Confirmed means the individual's test result is positive for COVID-19. At times, there are discrepancies between the County and the OHA numbers due to the time delay in administering test(s), i.e., presumptive cases, and receiving test result(s), i.e. confirmed cases.
Benton county covid-19 data
The Benton County Joint Information Center received several requests from the community to provide additional COVID-19 data for Benton County. In response, the Joint Information Center created the data dashboard below to provide information in a way that is easy to read and understand. By providing this data, we hope those in our community will be able to see data trends and more detailed data around COVID-19 in Benton County.
**This data will be updated weekly**
Additional tabs for the dashboard will be published over the coming weeks.
Notes on Using the Dashboard:
- Disclaimer: This data should be used for informational purposes. Please contact your healthcare provider to discuss decisions regarding your personal health and safety.
- Full Screen: Users can use expand the dashboard to full screen mode by clicking the arrows in the bottom right corner of the dashboard.
- Dashboard Views: Users can navigate between dashboard views by clicking on the left and right arrows at the bottom of the dashboard.
- Additional Context: Many data points and indicators have additional information that can help users better understand what they are seeing. Hovering over a data point or indicator will bring up the additional information if available.
- Testing: The percentage of positive tests is simply a statistical fact, not under the control of medical providers, public health, or the general public. The percentage of positive tests is not a direct measure of disease spread in a community.
- Number of Positive Tests: Out of the many COVID-19 tests conducted each day, most are negative. Some tests are positive for COVID-19, others are inconclusive. The number of positive and negative tests may not add to the total number of tests because of inconclusive results. Furthermore, the number of positive tests is larger than the number of cases, since most individuals who have COVID-19 are tested more than once during the course of their illness.
- Public Health Indicators: The public health indicators are used by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to measure the health burden of COVID-19. At this time, there are no penalties imposed for not meeting these metrics. However, Benton County uses these metrics to identify areas that need improvement.
- County Watch List Metrics: Counties are placed on the Watch List when COVID-19 is spreading quickly and public health officials cannot trace that spread to specific sources—creating a potentially dangerous dynamic. The watch list is not a punitive measure. It is an opportunity for the state to provide additional support to the county to improve the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Sporadic Cases: Sporadic cases are those cases that cannot be traced to a source, which indicates community spread.
- Watch List Criteria: Counties are placed on the watch list when there is a sporadic case rate of 50 or more per 100,000 people in the last two weeks and the county has more that 5 sporadic cases in the last two weeks.
- Being Removed from Watch List: Counties remain on the watch list for a minimum of three weeks and until their sporadic case count drops below 50 per 100,000 or 5 or fewer sporadic cases in the previous two weeks
- Public Health Indicators vs. Watch List Metrics: Since Oregon’s reopening in May, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has been monitoring and reporting on six indicators to measure the health burden of COVID-19 in Oregon and the public health capacity to respond. These public health indicators help OHA understand the health impact of COVID-19 in communities across the state and make recommendations as appropriate. These indicators are different from the watch list metrics.
- The public health indicator that most closely ties to the sporadic case rate is the ability for a county to contact trace at least 70% of cases to a known source.
|Phase 2 Guidance for General Population|
|Vulnerable Populations||People who are at risk for severe complications (over age 65 or have underlying medical conditions) should continue to maintain 6 ft of physical distance, avoid social settings, and minimize non-essential travel.|
|State of Oregon Face Covering Requirements||
Effective Thursday, August 13, 2020
|Physical Distancing Guidance||
Gathering Size Guidance
Gathering Definition: a group of individuals meeting for a common purpose including faith-based, civic, cultural and other purposes, indoors or outdoors. A “gathering” is different from a “social get-together” in that it is more structured and typically is sponsored by an organization.
Effective Friday, July 24, 2020
*Venues, Restaurants, Indoor and Outdoor Entertainment Facilities, Fitness Related Organizations have additional gathering size guidance
Social Get-Together Guidance
Social Get-Together Definition: a group of individuals meeting for a common social or recreational purpose indoors. Indoor social get-togethers include but are not limited to indoor dinner parties, birthday parties, graduation parties, celebrations of any kind, potlucks, book clubs, game nights, and other similar indoor gatherings. A social get-together is different from a “gathering” in that it is informal and typically hosted by an individual or family.
Effective Friday, July 24, 2020
|Travel Guidance||Increased travel will be allowed throughout Oregon, though staying local is still recommended to prevent overloading county health systems.|
The Oregon Health Authority has put together a website to help Oregonians locate local testing information.
Please note that if you have flu-like symptoms or believe that you have been exposed to the COVID-19, you should call your primary care provider before you visit a testing site.
Please call 541-766-6120 for general questions on COVID-19 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Callers can also leave a message and phone number for a return phone call.