Although masks do provide some protection to the wearer, they are much better at preventing someone from spreading disease than they are at preventing someone from contracting it.
State officials still expect Oregon to reach a 70% vaccination rate for adults by the end of June.
Lane, Coos, and Wasco counties move to lower risk in Oregon’s COVID-19 framework but Harney County slips in its ranking.
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A plan to drop requirements for masks, social distancing and capacity limits hinges on vaccinating 127,000 more adults to reach a 70% vaccination rate.
Clatsop County to become the 19th county with the lower risk ranking, while Lane and Polk counties drop into moderate risk category.
The improved ranking will lift some public health restrictions as a reward for the counties vaccinating at least 65% of adult residents.
Gov. Kate Brown on Monday announced the forthcoming rule, which will apply to lower risk counties.