On Thursday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 178 new known cases of COVID-19 and two new fatalities. This marks the first time since April 4 that more than 100 new cases have been reported in a single day.
At the time of writing, the number of known cases in Oregon sits at 5,237, with 171 deaths.
According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases are in the following counties: Clackamas (47), Clatsop (one), Crook (two), Deschutes (one), Hood River (one), Jefferson (three), Lake (two), Lane (three), Lincoln (nine), Marion (34), Multnomah (43), Polk (four), Umatilla (four), Union (one), Wallowa (one), Wasco (one), Washington (15), and Yamhill (six).
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“The reasons for the higher numbers are tied to several factors including widespread availability of testing, increased contact tracing, and active monitoring of close contacts of cases,” reads the update from the OHA. “Workplace outbreaks are another source of the high number.”
“Higher case counts serve as a reminder that Oregonians need to continue to maintain physical distancing, wear face coverings where physical distancing cannot be maintained and follow good hand hygiene.”
The OHA is also reminding people that federal authorities continue to recommend wearing masks in public, and that “staying home and avoiding all non-essential contact with others continues to be the most important thing all of us can do to stay healthy and keep others healthy.”
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.
Counties maintaining a minimum of Phase 1 requirements can apply to begin Phase 2 soon.