260% increase in new 97303 COVID-19 infections

Officials from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) identified 248 new cases of COVID-19 in the 97303 zip code between Dec. 2 and Dec. 9.

Each week, the OHA is releasing pandemic-related statistics on the virus’ spread throughout Oregon. On Dec. 2, the OHA reported Keizer had 94 new cases of COVID-19 infection. This week, the count skyrocketed. The change represents a 260% increase over the previous week’s count in the 97303 zip code.

To fight the rapid spread of COVID-19, the governors of Oregon, Washington and California issued travel advisories urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine. The advisories urge against non-essential out-of-state travel, ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country, and encourage residents to stay local.

Oregon’s travel advisory does not apply to people who cross state borders for “essential travel,” including work, study, critical infrastructure support, supply chains, economic services, health, immediate medical care and safety and security.