Oregon nears milestone 20,000 total coronavirus cases

Aug 5 2020, 2:25 pm

The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 299 new known cases of COVID-19 with five additional fatalities on Wednesday.

At the time of writing, the number of total known cases in Oregon sits at 19,979, with 338 deaths.

“Oregon’s 338th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old man in Josephine County who tested positive on July 19 and died on August 3 in his residence. He had underlying conditions,” the OHA wrote.

According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (one), Benton (two), Clackamas (20), Clatsop (one), Columbia (two), Coos (one), Deschutes (eight), Douglas (one), Hood River (four), Jackson (12), Jefferson (nine), Josephine (one), Klamath (two), Lane (five), Lincoln (19), Linn (eight), Malheur (seven), Marion (42), Morrow (10), Multnomah (59), Polk (two), Tillamook (two), Umatilla (26), Wasco (one), Washington (48), and Yamhill (six).

Wednesday’s report also outlined four outbreaks of more than 20 cases at a single location.

An outbreak of 27 cases has been reported at Walmart in Umatilla County, alongside another of 20 cases at the OR1 Construction in Multnomah County. An outbreak at both Lamb Weston locations also occurred as Lamb Weston East confirms 31 new cases while Lamb Weston West has 21 cases.

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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