On Thursday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 437 new known cases of COVID-19 alongside two additional fatalities. Marking the highest new case count on a single day since the pandemic began.
At the time of writing, the number of known cases in Oregon sits at 13,509, with 249 deaths.
According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (four), Clackamas (28), Clatsop (two), Coos (two), Deschutes (28), Douglas (four), Hood River (five), Jackson (eight), Jefferson (sic), Josephine (one), Klamath (three), Lane (12), Lincoln (three), Linn (four), Malheur (17), Marion (53), Morrow (eight), Multnomah (108), Polk (seven), Tillamook (two), Umatilla (50), Union (one), Wasco (two), Washington (76), and Yamhill (three).
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“Today’s case count is the highest since the onset of the pandemic. The rise in cases is attributed to the spread of COVID-19 from social gatherings and sporadic spread. Worksite outbreaks and long term care facility outbreaks also are contributing cases to the daily count,” writes the OHA.
“Since Oregon began reopening, we have seen outbreaks when people get together to celebrate with family and friends. Some examples include: Graduations, Birthdays, Weddings, Holidays.”
Oregon’s newly expanded 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 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.