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The Governor of Oregon has moved the County of Jackson and 14 other counties back from the “High Risk” category to “Extreme Risk” category which essentially closes the Medford Scottish Rite Center for a period of three weeks effective Friday, April 30, 2021.  This action has been put into place to mitigate the surge in hospitalizations being experienced due to the proliferation of the United Kingdom’s more contagious B.1.1.7 COVID variant  that has become the dominant strain of virus affecting our State.  Counties will be in extreme risk for a “maximum” of three weeks, according to the governor’s office.  If cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations continue to rise after that, the Oregon Health Authority will “evaluate why and make recommendations” to the Governor about how to proceed.

The governor’s office said counties could shift to a lower risk level and fewer restrictions after just one week if; cases drop or statewide hospitalizations dip below 300 or don’t continue to accelerate at 15% or more each week.

The Grand Master of Masons in Oregon, the Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Masons, the SGIG of the Orient of Oregon, as well as the Imperial Potentate of Shriners International, has dictated that we must comply with the State of Oregon mandates relative to the COVID mitigation restrictions.  We will continue to review these directives and keep you informed as we get new information.

Bruce A. Kundert, 32* KCCH

Personal Representative of the SGIG in Oregon

Medford Valley Scottish Rite

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