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Oregon revises outdoor recreation capacity limits

Oregon officials updated the state’s occupancy guidelines for outdoor entertainment, recreation and fitness establishments to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to a Wednesday news release.

The guidelines depend on a county’s risk level. Establishments in counties in the high risk category, such as Jackson County, may allow up to 15% occupancy. Counties at extreme risk can have no more than 50 people, while counties at moderate risk can have up to 25% occupancy, and counties with low risk can have up to 50% occupancy.

The Oregon Health Authority reported three more deaths Wednesday from COVID-19, increasing the death toll to 2,349. One death involved a 90-year-old woman out of Josephine County with underlying health conditions who tested positive March 8 and died March 16 at a long-term care facility.

Josephine County’s COVID-19 death toll was 59 Wednesday, while Jackson County’s remained 120.

OHA reported 239 new cases Wednesday, raising the statewide total to 160,259. Jackson County reported 25 new cases, increasing its caseload to 8,841, while Josephine County reported 16, bringing its total to 2,555.

On Wednesday, 13 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine counties, six fewer than Tuesday, with two in intensive care, one more than Wednesday, according to OHA.

Statewide, 108 Oregonians were hospitalized with the disease Wednesday, 11 fewer than Tuesday, with 29 in ICU, four more than Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, 501,434 Oregonians are considered fully vaccinated, and 375,930 had received the first shot in a two-dose series.

In Jackson County, 23,893 people are fully vaccinated, and 15,412 have received their first dose.

In Josephine County, 6,965 residents were fully vaccinated, and 8,404 had received their first dose.