Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday that Baker County has been successful in reducing the spread of COVID-19 sufficiently enough to be removed from the County Watch List. Commissioner Mark Bennett said of the change, “We’re pleased to see the rate of COVID-19 spread has reduced over the last few weeks, and I thank the Baker County Health Department for all the work they’ve done to get good information to those who have tested positive and their contacts. The Health Department’s work is absolutely instrumental in keeping the virus in check. The virus is still present in our community, and we see new cases almost daily. Please continue taking care of yourselves and your loved ones by staying home when you’re sick, washing your hands frequently, and using distance and face coverings to keep from spreading the virus. Let’s be proactive in protecting each other and get our schools open again.”
Counties are placed on the Watch List when COVID-19 is spreading quickly and public health officials are unable to trace the spread to specific sources. The following counties remain on the County Watch List: Jackson, Jefferson, Malheur, Morrow, and Umatilla Counties.
“I want to commend county officials and community members in Baker County for their efforts in curbing community spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Brown. “Their work in reducing community transmission warrants removal from the Watch List, and is a good reminder of how we can reduce the spread of this disease if we work together.”