Starting on December 18, Benton County will be moved into the Extreme Risk Category for COVID-19 precautions. Currently, the county is at High Risk Level, according to data collected from between Nove. 15 and Nov. 28.
The move at the end of this week is due to an increase in case numbers and data which were recorded between Nov. 29 and Dec. 12 according to the Oregon Health Authority website. In the end of November, there were 170 confirmed and presumptive cases, 180.2 cases per 100,000 residents, and a 2.5% test positivity rate. Those numbers have since increased to 284 confirmed and presumptive cases, 301.0 cases per 100,000 residents, and a 3.7% test positivity rate.
The Statewide Metrics from Nov. 29 through Dec. 12 are 467.2 cases per 100,000 residents, with a 7.8% test positivity.
These measurements are taken over a two-week period and decisions are made in the second week. Week One is called the Warning Week and data for risk level determination are pulled on Monday. Week Two is called Movement week, and data from risk level determination are pulled again on Monday. On Wednesday of Movement week, a press release is sent out detailing the counties that are moving risk levels based on the change in data. On Friday of Movement Week, counties are officially moved to new risk levels.
All of this information is available from the OHA Website, as well as an interactive graphic showing the current risk levels and case numbers for each of the counties in Oregon.
By Kyra Young