On Monday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 168 new known cases of COVID-19 and no new fatalities.
Over the weekend, the OHA reported 604 new cases, and six new deaths. At the time of writing, the number of known cases in Oregon sits at 10,395, with 215 deaths.
According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (one), Clackamas (16), Clatsop (three), Columbia (three), Deschutes (two), Douglas (one), Hood River (one), Jackson (one), Jefferson (one), Josephine (three), Lane (10), Malheur (10), Marion (16), Morrow (four), Multnomah (41), Polk (one), Tillamook (one), Umatilla (16), Wasco (three), and Washington (34).
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“Oregon’s number of tests performed has been steadily increasing, but the number of positive cases and the test positivity rate have increased significantly since late May,” reads the release from the OHA. “This suggests increasing numbers of individuals with COVID-19, which is expected now that all counties are in Phase 1 or Phase 2 of reopening. Recent large outbreaks around the state have also contributed to these increases.”
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.