Both Walla Walla and Umatilla counties appear to be safe from moving backward into more restrictions right now.
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In Washington state, hospitalizations for COVID-19 have flipped dramatically from those over age 60 to the age 40-59 bracket, officials said, and hospitalization rates have again soared.
With Umatilla County at risk of moving back to more restrictions, health officials say they find rising case rates and vaccine hesitancy frustrating.
Concerning variants of the COVID-19 virus have been detected in Walla Walla County. Across the state line in Umatilla County, declining case rates mean the risk category will be lowered to "moderate" on Friday, April 9.
Mass vaccination clinics in Milton-Freewater and Pendleton will start taking more people, public health director said.
As Washington state's 39 counties move into Phase 3 of reopening plan, Umatilla County gains Oregon approval to start vaccinating more groups of people.