On Thursday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 375 new known cases of COVID-19 — a record high — and one new fatality.
This marks the largest number of new cases reported in a single day since the outbreak began. At the time of writing, the number of known cases in Oregon sits at 9,294, with 209 deaths.
According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (22), Columbia (one), Crook (one), Deschutes (nine), Douglas (two), Jackson (15), Jefferson (eight), Josephine (eight), Lane (15), Lincoln (three), Linn (three), Malheur (16), Marion (32), Morrow (eight), Multnomah (64), Tillamook (one), Umatilla (88), Union (five), Wasco (two), Washington (67), and Yamhill (five).
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“Today’s case count is Oregon’s largest single-day total since the beginning of the pandemic, following the previous largest on Wednesday,” reads the release from the OHA.
“Oregon has experienced five weeks of case growth and cases are rising faster in our rural communities and in central and eastern Oregon. The largest county case count today was in Umatilla County with 88 new cases attributed to outbreaks and community spread.”
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.