PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Starting Friday, COVID-19 risk levels are changing for several Oregon counties and many are moving in the wrong direction because of rising cases and hospitalizations.

Counties like Multnomah and Clackamas are moving into the high risk category so they’ll have to once again adjust to a lower capacity at businesses and restaurants.

This week Governor Kate Brown announced that for any county to move into extreme risk there must be 300 people hospitalized in the state with COVID-19 and a 15% increase in the seven-day average over the past week.

The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association says it’s urging the Governor to use hospitalizations as the defining metric for counties. They say the number of cases of COVID-19 is no longer a good

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