On Friday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 396 new known cases of COVID-19 alongside nine additional fatalities.
“Today’s nine deaths are the highest number of deaths reported in a single day in Oregon since the start of the pandemic,” writes the OHA.
At the time of writing, the number of known cases in Oregon sits at 16,104, with 282 deaths.
According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases are in the following counties: Baker (one), Clackamas (25), Columbia (one), Crook (one), Curry (two), Deschutes (16), Douglas (six), Gilliam (one), Hood River (four), Jackson (five), Jefferson (22), Josephine (one), Klamath (two), Lane (16), Linn (seven), Malheur (18), Marion (58), Multnomah (71), Polk (six), Umatilla (59), Wasco (one), Washington (54), and Yamhill (eight).
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“An outbreak of 22 cases of COVID-19 has been reported at Norris Blueberry Farm in Douglas County. The case count includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to an employee,” writes the OHA.
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. Today, the mandate was extended to children above the age of five.
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.