(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that, due to a corrected oversight in the initial risk level calculations for Baker County, the county will improve its level from Extreme Risk to High Risk, effective Jan. 1. Baker County joins five other counties—announced earlier this week—in moving from Extreme Risk to High Risk. This move allows some businesses and facilities to resume offering indoor services with health and safety measures and capacity limits in place.
The original data for calculating Baker County’s risk level included nine cases from adults in custody at Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City, which should not have been included in the county’s risk level metrics. Because adults in custody do not interact with members of the broader community, the Oregon Health Authority is subtracting these cases from Baker County’s risk level calculation, as they do with all other counties with correctional facilities. This reduction in number of cases (from 68 to 59), along with the county’s two-week positivity rate of 7.9%, will allow the county to move from Extreme Risk to High Risk, effective Jan. 1 through Jan. 14.
The subtraction of cases in adults in custody does not impact the risk level of any other counties for the two-week period of Jan. 1 through Jan. 14.