Over 160 new coronavirus cases reported in Oregon

Aug 31 2020, 12:38 pm

The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 162 new known cases of COVID-19, with one additional death, on Monday.

At the time of writing, the total number of known cases in Oregon sits at 26,713, with 459 deaths.

According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (14), Coos (one), Crook (one), Deschutes (two), Hood River (one), Jackson (six), Lane (15), Lincoln (one), Linn (four), Malheur (nine), Marion (36), Multnomah (34), Polk (six), Umatilla (six), Wasco (one), and Washington (25).

“Oregon’s 459th COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on August 25 and died on August 26 in his residence. He had underlying conditions,” writes the OHA.

“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.

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