Oregon reports 280 new confirmed cases of coronavirus

Jul 13 2020, 3:02 pm

On Monday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 280 new known cases of COVID-19 alongside three additional fatalities.

Over the course of the weekend, the OHA reported an additional 741 cases in the state, and two new deaths. At the time of writing, the number of known cases in Oregon sits at 12,438, with 237 deaths.

According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases are in the following counties: Clackamas (20), Columbia (six), Coos (two), Gilliam (one), Hood River (two), Jackson (three), Klamath (one), Lane (four), Linn (one), Malheur (27), Marion (36), Morrow (nine), Multnomah (82), Polk (two), Umatilla (28), Wallowa (one), Washington (47), and Yamhill (eight).

“An outbreak of 102 cases has been reported at Snake River Correctional Institution in Malheur County. The case count includes all Oregon residents linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to an employee,” writes the OHA.

Today, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown extended the face-covering ordinance installed a few weeks prior, which now mandates that all Oregonians must wear masks when in public if a distance of six feet cannot be maintained. This includes indoor and outdoor spaces.

The OHA is also reminding people that federal authorities continue to recommend wearing masks in public, including recent orders from Governor Kate Brown making face coverings mandatory in the state of Oregon beginning July 1.

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