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Coos County in less restrictive ‘moderate risk’

Coos County has moved to the “moderate risk” level for COVID-19, a downward shift from high, giving businesses there more freedom to open up. The county moved into high in April after remaining in the extreme risk category longer than any other county in the state.

On Tuesday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced that the state aims to loosen many restrictions once 70% of eligible Oregonians 16 and older have received their first vaccination dose. Brown said she’s confident that target will be met in June.

In Coos County, some business owners are hopeful for a busy summer season, still, others are worried about the uncertainties that remain. Gregory Drobot is the president of Face Rock Creamery, a cheese producer with locations in Bandon and Coos Bay. Mark Mattecheck is the owner of North Bend Lanes, a bowling center in North Bend. They join us with details on how the pandemic has affected their businesses and what comes next.

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