The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 268 new known cases of COVID-19, with five additional deaths, on Friday.
At the time of writing, the total number of known cases in Oregon sits at 27,601, with 475 deaths.
According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (four), Clackamas (18), Clatsop (one), Coos (one), Crook (two), Curry (one), Deschutes (two), Hood River (two), Jackson (12), Jefferson (one), Josephine (six), Lake (two), Lane (22), Linn (five), Malheur (31), Marion (44), Morrow (six), Multnomah (43), Polk (three), Tillamook (two), Umatilla (32), Union (one), Wasco (two), Washington (23), and Yamhill (two).
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“Oregon’s 475th COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on April 16 and died on July 18 in her residence. She had underlying conditions. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death,” writes the OHA.
Today, the OHA also released the latest modeling reports surrounding coronavirus in the state of Oregon.
“This is tremendous progress, but it will only continue if we keep up the pressure,” said Dean Sidelinger, MD, state health officer and state epidemiologist. “We cannot ease up and allow Labor Day social gatherings to send our rate back up. This virus remains extremely contagious and spreads very quickly. It would not take much for cases to rise again.”
Previous updates issued major pandemic spread warnings ahead of the long weekend in the US, and potential of public and personal exposure to others.
“With Labor Day weekend coming up, OHA reminds Oregonians that the safest way to celebrate is to avoid groups and gatherings, to stay home as much as possible, and to follow face-covering guidance if outside the home.”
“Past holiday weekends have led to outbreaks in Oregon among people celebrating in unsafe ways and led to an uptick in cases,” adds the OHA report. “With cases falling, it’s more important than ever for Oregonians to modify or cancel holiday weekend gatherings and celebrate in safe ways so our state can continue to make progress against COVID-19.”
Oregon’s face covering ordinance continues to be in effect, which mandates that all Oregonians wear masks when in public if a distance of six feet cannot be maintained. This includes indoor and outdoor spaces.
Newest additions to the mask ordinance include children, people working in an office space, and many types of businesses open to the public.