Oregon reports 299 new confirmed cases of coronavirus

Jul 21 2020, 1:16 pm

On Tuesday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 299 new known cases of COVID-19 alongside seven additional fatalities.

At the time of writing, the number of known cases in Oregon sits at 15,139, with 269 deaths.

According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases are in the following counties: Baker (two), Benton (one), Clackamas (15), Clatsop (three), Columbia (one), Coos (one), Deschutes (seven), Douglas (three), Harney (two), Hood River (four), Jackson (five), Jefferson (eight), Josephine (two), Klamath (one), Lake (one), Lane (three), Malheur (18), Marion (40), Morrow (10), Multnomah (67), Polk (three), Umatilla (59), Union (two), Wasco (one), Washington (32), and Yamhill (eight).

“Oregon’s 269th COVID-19 death is a 47-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on June 29 and died on July 17 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. He had underlying conditions,” writes the OHA.

“An outbreak of 23 cases of COVID-19 has been reported at Walmart Distribution Center in Umatilla County. The case count includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to an employee.”

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.

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