Clatsop County to become the 19th county with the lower risk ranking, while Lane and Polk counties drop into moderate risk category.
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The Oregon Health Authority is rewriting its plan to radically increase vaccination of Medicaid members, after coordinated care organizations say the goal is unattainable
The improved ranking will lift some public health restrictions as a reward for the counties vaccinating at least 65% of adult residents.
Coordinated care organizations and the state are negotiating a change that could reward them for having a high rate of vaccinated members.
Gov. Kate Brown on Monday announced the forthcoming rule, which will apply to lower risk counties.
Business groups say they don’t want to be the “vaccine police,” but support for alternatives -- such as resuming a full mask mandate or allowing maskless customers with no vaccination verification -- is unclear.