Benton County approved to move to lower risk

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Benton County received approval from Oregon Health Authority to move into the Lower Risk category under the Risk and Protection Framework, beginning Friday May 21. Eligibility to move to the lower risk level requires over 65% of residents 16 and older to have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Last week Benton County Health Department submitted an equity plan and attestation to Oregon Health Authority for its efforts to continue to reduce equity gaps in vaccinations. County eligibility for Lower Risk based on vaccination rates will be assessed weekly.

“We are so grateful to those people in Benton County who have been vaccinated and helped us move towards reducing our risk level," said Kate Porsche, economic development manager for Benton County and the City of Corvallis. “It is helping local businesses reopen sooner and for the City of Corvallis and Benton County to actively focus on reopening and a path toward economic recovery.”

The equity plan and attestation summarize the County's future efforts to provide low-barrier access to vaccine for all eligible populations, in particular those with racial or ethnic vaccine inequalities. It also demonstrates how Benton County will continue ongoing outreach to community-based organizations to provide meaningful engagement for hosting and supporting future vaccine events. 

To complete the attestation, Benton County provided documentation for how it will reduce equity gaps and ensure that vaccine sites are culturally-responsive, linguistically appropriate and accessible to people with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities and other unique vaccine access needs.