COVID-19 vaccine

Curry County is back in the low-risk category of COVID-19 restrictions.

According to the Oregon Health Authority’s Tuesday data, the county continues to see low rates of virus transmission in the community.

After Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced new restriction levels for counties across the state Tuesday, Curry County is one of 18 in the lowest-level of restrictions.

"The science is clear: vaccines are very effective in keeping people safe from COVID-19, and they are the key to returning to normal life and lifting health and safety restrictions statewide," Brown said. "This disease remains dangerous for those in communities with high rates of unvaccinated individuals.”

The new category in Curry County modifies the capacity limits on businesses in the county starting Friday. State regulations say:

  • Indoor dining is allowed up to 50% capacity. Outdoor dining limited to 300 people maximum. Midnight closing time indoors and outdoors.
  • Indoor and outdoor recreation, fitness and entertainment establishments limited to 50% capacity with midnight closing time.
  • Retail stores, indoor and outdoor shopping centers and malls, funeral homes, mortuaries and cemeteries limited to 75% capacity. Same guidelines recommended for faith institutions.
  • Masks still required indoors for unvaccinated individuals, and for everyone on public transit, shelters, schools and other settings.

According to state data Tuesday, Curry County reported 14 cases in the previous two weeks — a slight uptick from the previous reporting period — and a test positivity rate of 3.2%.

But on the vaccination front, the county isn’t faring as well as many other parts of the state. Curry County is still far off the 65% vaccination target for further reopening: Just under half of the county’s eligible population has received a dose of the vaccine.

Meanwhile, the state is rapidly approaching its key vaccination target, with 64.3% of the state’s eligible population already vaccinated. Once that figure reaches 70%, the state will largely open up, doing away with the four-tier risk framework and most pandemic regulations.

Curry Health Network is continuing to offer vaccines weekly. More information and registration is available online at www.curryhealthnetwork.com/education.

Vaccines are available at other locations, too, including at: Rite Aid, Safeway and Albertsons stores, Fred Meyer, some Health Mart pharmacies, Bi-Mart and Walmart.

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Proski

How is it possible, after all this time, that curry county ranks very low in total vaccination numbers! Why you ask??I’m quite sure that it has to do with the fact that a huge portion of Curry is of the “conspiracy believing “ crowd....pure and simple. And that is the unfortunate reality these days.

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