Eleven Oregon counties, up from seven last week, are failing to contain COVID-19

OSPIRG has been tracking critical public health metrics around the containment of COVID-19 in Oregon, building on the work of COVID Exit Strategy, a group of national public health and crisis experts. Currently, Oregon is rated “Yellow” overall - while Oregon has fared better against the coronavirus than many states, so far, keeping it that way will require quick intervention to avoid spiraling out of control.

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Numi Lee Griffith
High Value Health Care, Advocate

Author: Numi Lee Griffith

High Value Health Care, Advocate

Started on staff: 2018
B.A., University of Puget Sound; J.D., University of Colorado, Boulder

Numi runs OSPIRG’s health care campaigns, working to control the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs and ensure Oregonians receive the high-quality health care for their dollar. Before joining staff, Numi worked as an attorney in private practice, focusing on consumer rights, real estate and intellectual property law. When she isn’t working, you can usually find Numi at one of Portland’s many rock climbing gyms or coffee shops. 

OSPIRG has been tracking critical public health metrics around the containment of COVID-19 in Oregon, building on the work of COVID Exit Strategy, a group of national public health and crisis experts. Currently, Oregon is rated “Yellow” overall - while Oregon has fared better against the coronavirus than many states, so far, keeping it that way will require quick intervention to avoid spiraling out of control. 

This blog post uses a color scale (below) to show how Oregon’s 36 counties are performing against benchmarks for containment, COVID testing, and contact tracing over the last week. This week, we began factoring contact tracing success rates into our grade, resulting in many more counties  moving into “yellow” status - reflecting statewide failures.

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Numi Lee Griffith
High Value Health Care, Advocate

Author: Numi Lee Griffith

High Value Health Care, Advocate

Started on staff: 2018
B.A., University of Puget Sound; J.D., University of Colorado, Boulder

Numi runs OSPIRG’s health care campaigns, working to control the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs and ensure Oregonians receive the high-quality health care for their dollar. Before joining staff, Numi worked as an attorney in private practice, focusing on consumer rights, real estate and intellectual property law. When she isn’t working, you can usually find Numi at one of Portland’s many rock climbing gyms or coffee shops.