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Governor Kate Brown released the Phase 2 reopening application process Thursday night and today the Oregon Health Authority determined Lincoln County does not meet the criteria to apply due to “high community spread.”

Multiple criteria for the application are not applied due to the small number of ten cases in Lincoln County with a population just shy of 50,000.

Lincoln County meets emergency department visits below 1.5 percent for covid-like illness with .6 percent.

The percentage of positive tests does not trend up in the last week.

Part of the requirements for Phase 2 reopening state: “A county may only enter Phase 2 after 21 days in Phase 1. A county may request to move into Phase 2 any time after 14 days in Phase 1.”

According to the Governor’s website, under Phase 2, Phase 1 is further expanded to include:

  • Optional increased work in offices
  • In-person local gatherings up to 100 with physical distancing (tentative & subject to change)
  • Visitation to nursing homes (limited)

Lincoln County has been in Phase 1 for 15 days since being approved on March 14.

Lincoln County officials said they are reviewing the application process.

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