On Wednesday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 171 new known cases of COVID-19 and three new fatalities.
At the time of writing, the number of known cases in Oregon sits at 7,444, with 195 deaths.
According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (8), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (4), Jackson (2), Jefferson (3), Klamath (3), Lincoln (9), Linn (1), Malheur (5), Marion (13), Multnomah (45), Polk (1), Umatilla (35), Union (5), Wasco (2), Washington (31), and Yamhill (1).
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“Oregon’s 195th COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on June 17 and died on June 23, at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. She had underlying conditions,” reads a release from the OHA.
“For the fourth week in a row, newly reported COVID-19 cases increased over the previous week. During the week of June 15-21, OHA recorded 1,263 new cases of COVID-19 infection, a 40% increase from the previous week’s total of 898 new cases.”
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 seven Oregon counties starting next week.
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.
Counties maintaining a minimum of Phase 1 requirements can apply to begin Phase 2 soon.