Oregon reports over 300 new known cases of coronavirus

Aug 14 2020, 2:12 pm

The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 323 new known cases of COVID-19, with two additional deaths, on Friday.

At the time of writing, the total number of known cases in Oregon sits at 22,613, with 385 deaths.

According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases are in the following counties: Baker (seven), Benton (two), Clackamas (21), Clatsop (one), Coos (two), Deschutes (six), Hood River (eight), Jackson (23), Jefferson (four), Josephine (six), Lane (four), Lincoln (three), Linn (nine), Malheur (18), Marion (49), Morrow (10), Multnomah (52), Polk (13), Umatilla (37), Wasco (two), Washington (25), and Yamhill (21).

“Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority have issued revised guidance requiring face coverings or face shields for employees in private office spaces, in addition to public office spaces. The guidance requires face coverings in public and private building hallways, bathrooms, elevators, lobbies, break rooms, and other common spaces, unless employees are at individual workspaces or in meeting rooms where 6 feet of distance from other people can be maintained,” the OHA wrote.

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.

The mask 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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