Oregon is placing a large portion of the state under new restrictions, pulling back on recent reopenings as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations climb once more.
Fifteen counties will move to the more restrictive “extreme risk” category starting Friday, including Multnomah, home to Portland. The designations will be effective through May 6. Nine counties are in the high-risk category, four in moderate risk and eight in lower risk.
“If we don’t act now, doctors, nurses, hospitals and other healthcare providers in Oregon will be stretched to their limits treating severe cases of Covid-19,” Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday in a statement announcing the decision.
The moves come as Oregon’s daily reported Covid-19 cases have doubled during April, according to a Wall Street Journal Analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. On April 3, the seven-day average of newly reported cases was just below 400, at 397 cases. By April 26, that number stood at 818.
Hospitalizations, too, have been on the rise. In March, Oregon hospitals had between 200 and 500 Covid-19 hospitalizations on any given day. According to the latest data available from the Oregon Health Authority, there were 819 patients with Covid-19 in the state’s hospitals on April 19.
Source: WSJ – US News