Oregon reports slight week-over-week decline in new coronavirus cases

Aug 12 2020, 1:52 pm

On Wednesday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 258 new known cases of COVID-19, with seven additional deaths.

At the time of writing, the total number of known cases in Oregon sits at 22,022, with 375 deaths.

According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases are in the following counties: Baker (two), Benton (four), Clackamas (24), Columbia (two), Deschutes (one), Douglas (three), Harney (one), Hood River (four), Jackson (14), Jefferson (five), Josephine (four), Lane (10), Lincoln (two), Linn (seven), Malheur (17), Marion (29), Morrow (two), Multnomah (45), Polk (four), Umatilla (30), Wallowa (one), Wasco (one), Washington (41), and Yamhill (five).

“Oregon’s 375th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 6 and died on August 2 in his residence. He had underlying conditions,” the OHA wrote.

“An outbreak of 22 cases of COVID-19 has been reported at Pan American Berry Growers in Marion County. The case count includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to an employee.”

“An outbreak of 29 cases of COVID-19 has been reported at Good Shepherd Health Care System in Umatilla County,” added the OHA. “The case count includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to an employee.”

Daily cases of COVID-19 declined slightly during the week of Monday, August 3 through Sunday August 9, according to the COVID-19 Weekly Report, released today. There were 2,122 new cases that week, a slight drop from the previous week’s tally of 2,278. Twenty-nine deaths were reported, a drop from 39 the previous week.

Oregon’s face covering ordinance is now 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.

The mandate has been extended to children over the age of five.

The restrictions in an executive order passed down by Governor Kate Brown have recently seen some loosening. Instituting a new phased reopening plan, the state will reevaluate how to approach the coronavirus on a county-by-county basis as businesses look to reopen.

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