On Wednesday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 304 new known cases of COVID-19 with eight additional fatalities.
At the time of writing, the number of known cases in Oregon sits at 17,721, with 311 deaths.
According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases are in the following counties: Benton (three), Clackamas (28), Clatsop (one), Crook (three), Deschutes (16), Douglas (two), Hood River (seven), Jackson (13), Jefferson (five), Josephine (four), Klamath (two), Lane (13), Lincoln (two), Linn (one), Malheur (20), Marion (20), Morrow (five), Multnomah (82), Polk (four), Umatilla (four), Union (one), Wallowa (one), Wasco (three), Washington (51) and Yamhill (13).
“Today, OHA released its Weekly Report, which showed that during the week of July 20 to 26, 42,452 people were tested for COVID-19 in Oregon, and 5.1% of them had a positive result, down from 6.6% last week,” writes the OHA.
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Oregon’s newly expanded face covering ordinance is now in effect, which mandates that all people in the state wear masks when in public if a distance of six feet cannot be maintained. This includes indoor and outdoor spaces. The mandate has now been extended to children over the age of five.
The restrictions in an executive order passed down by Governor Kate 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.