Oregon reports 70 new cases of coronavirus, five new deaths

Jun 9 2020, 4:54 pm

On Tuesday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 70 new known cases of COVID-19 and five more fatalities.

At the time of writing, the number of known cases in Oregon sits at 4,988, with 169 deaths.

According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported Tuesday are in the following counties: Benton (one), Clackamas (16), Columbia (one), Hood River (six), Lincoln (two), Marion (eight), Multnomah (27), Polk (one), Union (one), and Washington (seven).

“Oregon’s 169th COVID-19 death is a 96-year-old man in Clackamas County, who became symptomatic on May 31, after close contact with a confirmed case, and died on June 3 at his residence. He had underlying medical conditions,” reads the update from the OHA.

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.

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