Umatilla County Enters ‘High Risk’ Level For Two Weeks

December 2, 2020

Umatilla County is in the “Extreme Risk” category for COVID-19 spread in the new public health framework and subject to strict health and safety guidelines for business and personal activities.

To move out of the highest risk category, Umatilla County must reduce new cases to fewer than 200 per 100,000 population over two weeks and reduce the test positivity rate to less than 10%. For Umatilla County, that means 160 new cases over a two-week period.

Guidelines for the Extreme Risk category include:

Social Gatherings

  • Maximum of 6 people with a recommended limit of two households for both indoor and outdoor gatherings.
  • Long-term care facilities are allowed outside visitation only

Bars and Restaurants

  • Indoor dining is prohibited,
  • Outdoor dining with a maximum capacity of 50 people is permitted with 6 people per table
  • Establishments must close by 11 p.m.
  • Takeout is highly recommended

Recreation, Fitness, and Entertainment

  • Indoor facilities prohibited in High Risk counties
  • Outdoor facilities limited to 50 people

Retail Stores and Shopping Centers

  • Limited to 50% of maximum capacity
  • Curbside pickup is encouraged
  • Personal services are permitted

Faith Gatherings

  • Indoor maximum capacity of 25% occupancy or 100 people (whichever is smaller)
  • Outdoor maximum capacity of 150 people
  • Services recommended to be limited to one hour


  • Remote work and offices closed to the public encouraged

The framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread — Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk—and assigns health and safety measures for each level. As of Dec. 3, 25 of Oregon’s 36 counties will be in the Extreme Risk level for two weeks.

The Oregon Health Authority will examine and publish county data weekly. County risk levels will be reassigned every two weeks. The first week’s data will provide a “warning week” to prepare counties for potential risk level changes. The next assignment of risk levels will take effect Dec. 18.

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