Oregon reports 11 new deaths due to coronavirus Wednesday

Aug 19 2020, 1:34 pm

The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 203 new known cases of COVID-19, with 11 new additional deaths, on Wednesday.

At the time of writing, the total number of known cases in Oregon sits at 23,870, with 408 deaths.

According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases are in the following counties: Baker (one), Clackamas (15), Columbia (three), Crook (one), Deschutes (four), Douglas (one), Hood River (one), Jackson (24), Jefferson (nine), Josephine (two), Klamath (one), Lane (five), Linn (three), Malheur (10), Marion (30), Morrow (one), Multnomah (41), Polk (four), Tillamook (one), Umatilla (11), Union (three), Washington (25), and Yamhill (seven).

“OHA issued its Weekly Report today, which showed during the week of Aug. 10 through Aug. 16, OHA recorded 1,963 new cases of COVID-19 infection—down from last week’s tally of 2,122. In addition, 31 deaths were reported, down from last week’s toll of 39. During that week the percentage of tests positive was stable at 5.4 percent, while new hospitalizations fell to 115 from 143 last week,” writes the OHA.

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, and those working within offices.

The restrictions in an executive order passed down by Governor Kate Brown have 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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