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County drops into low-risk category for COVID-19

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Clatsop County will remain at “low-risk” for coronavirus until at least June 17, according to new state protocols.

There were 10 new COVID-19 cases during the two-week reporting period that ended June 5.

Under the low-risk designation, restaurants, gyms and theaters can operate at 50 percent capacity, and churches at 75 percent of capacity.

Restrictions imposed under the risk-level metric, as well as most requirements for masking and social distancing, will be lifted statewide once 70 percent of the population age 16 and over receives at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Kate Brown has vowed. Counties can stay under low-risk protocols once they’ve reached a vaccination rate of 65 percent.

As of Wednesday, Clatsop County had vaccinated 20,034 people, or 61.1 percent of the eligible population (ages 16 and older). To reach the goal of 65 percent, just 1,268 more people need to be vaccinated.

Calling all teens

An online presentation targeting young people who may have questions about the vaccine can be viewed on Clatsop County’s Facebook page.

The presentation includes a discussion with Dr. Shimi Sharief of the Oregon Health Authority and provides information and answers about vaccination safety, efficacy and related topics.

200,000 cases

The state has passed the 200,000 mark in confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19.

“This milestone is a grim reminder that, while case counts are decreasing statewide in large part due to vaccination, there remains a risk of COVID-19 in Oregon, especially for those who are not yet vaccinated,” Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said.

The most effective tool to end the pandemic is vaccinations, he said. While the people who are fully vaccinated are well protected, the pandemic is far from over.

All individuals in Oregon age 12 and older now are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Vaccine clinics

Seven vaccine clinics are scheduled in Clatsop County through July 1.

Saturday, June 12: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Old Seaside High School, 1901 N. Holladay Drive. This is a second-dose Pfizer clinic for ages 12 to 17 and immediate family members only.

Tuesday, June 15: 5 to 7 p.m. at Old Seaside High School. Available are first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine for ages 18 and older.

Thursday, June 17: 5 to 7 p.m. at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds, 92937 Walluski Loop. Available are first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine for ages 18 and older.

Tuesday, June 22: 5 to 7 p.m. at Old Seaside High School. Available are first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine for ages 18 and older.

Thursday, June 24: 5 to 7 p.m. at Clatsop County Fairgrounds. Available are first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine for ages 18 and older.

Tuesday, June 29: 5 to 7 p.m. at Old Seaside High School. Available are first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine for ages 18 and older.

Thursday, July 1: 5 to 7 p.m. at Clatsop County Fairgrounds. Available are first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine for ages 18 and older.


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