Curry County businesses won’t be subject to new restrictions this week, even as full hospitals in parts of the state force new lockdowns in 15 counties.
State health officials announced Tuesday new restrictions would be imposed in some regions after reporting a high rate of virus hospitalizations statewide.
But that change doesn’t yet include Curry County, which will remain in the moderate-risk category, with indoor dining and recreation still open at limited capacity.
Curry County’s case rate rose slightly this week over last, with 40 cases of the virus reported between April 11 and 24 and a test positivity rate of 3.8% over the same period. An additional five cases would have moved the county to the high-risk category.
Meanwhile, Oregon’s per-100,000 rate is 240 for the time frame, and its test positivity was 5.7%, some of the highest rates in months during what state health officials are calling the “fourth surge” of virus infections.
“My goal is to lift these restrictions as soon as it is safely possible, and keep Oregon on the path for lifting most health and safety requirements by the end of June so we can fully reopen our economy,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown wrote Tuesday in a press release announcing the new restrictions on some counties. “But we will only get there if enough Oregonians get vaccinated.”
Curry County’s vaccination rate continues to tick upwards, now the 14th-highest of the state’s 36 counties, with just around 39% of the population vaccinated, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
Anyone over 16 is eligible to receive a vaccine. All three authorized vaccines are now available for administration, after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was unsuspended following a review of its use by federal regulatory agencies.
Curry Health Network organizes weekly vaccine clinics at its hospitals and medical centers in Port Orford, Gold Beach and Brookings. Registrations for those events are available online at http://www.curryhealthnetwork.com/education.