On Thursday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 124 new known cases of COVID-19 and two new fatalities.
At the time of writing, the number of known cases in Oregon sits at 7,568, with 197 deaths.
According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (six), Clackamas (eight), Clatsop (one), Coos (two), Deschutes (two), Klamath (13), Lake (three), Lane (five), Linn (two), Malheur (two), Marion (four), Morrow (one), Multnomah (29), Polk (two), Umatilla (eight), Union (10), Wasco (one), Washington (24), and Yamhill (one).
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“Oregon’s 197th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on June 18 and died June 23, in his residence. He had underlying conditions,” reads a release from the OHA.
Yesterday, the OHA wrote “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.