Oregon reports 278 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, two new deaths

Jun 16 2020, 3:03 pm

On Tuesday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 278 new known cases of COVID-19 and two new fatalities. This marks the biggest single-day increase since the coronavirus outbreak first reached Oregon.

At the time of writing, the number of known cases in Oregon sits at 6,098, with 182 deaths.

According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (21), Crook (one), Hood River (one), Jackson (one), Jefferson (one), Josephine (one), Klamath (eight), Lane (one), Lincoln (17), Marion (22), Morrow (two), Multnomah (42), Umatilla (one), Union (119), Wasco (one), Washington (37), and Yamhill (two).

“Oregon’s 182nd COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old woman in Marion County, who tested positive on June 11 and died on June 13, at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions,” reads the update from the OHA.

“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.