The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 187 new known cases of COVID-19, with three additional deaths, on Thursday.
At the time of writing, the total number of known cases in Oregon sits at 28,654, with 497 deaths.
According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (four), Clackamas (12), Clatsop (three), Columbia (one), Coos (three), Deschutes (two), Hood River (one), Jackson (eight), Jefferson (three), Josephine (one), Klamath (two), Lane (five), Lincoln (one), Linn (six), Malheur (16), Marion (35), Morrow (one), Multnomah (33), Polk (four), Umatilla (six), Union (three), Wasco (one), Washington (27), and Yamhill (nine).
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“Oregon’s 497th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 28 and died on Sept. 8, in her residence. She had underlying conditions,” writes the OHA.
“With air quality very poor across the state due to wildfires, OHA reminds Oregonians that exposure to smoke and other forms of pollution can increase the risk and severity of respiratory infections, including possibly COVID-19.”
“During Oregon’s wildfires and safety evacuations, it is important to take precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19, particularly for those in isolation or quarantine due to a positive diagnosis or exposure to the virus.”
“The first priority in wildfire situations is responding to the evacuation and safety instructions of local and state fire officials – and heeding their warnings. Regardless of disease status, if you are asked or ordered to evacuate, you should do so.”
Oregon’s face covering ordinance continues to be in effect, which mandates that all Oregonians wear masks when in public if a distance of six feet cannot be maintained. This includes indoor and outdoor spaces.
Newest additions to the mask ordinance include children, people working in an office space, and many types of businesses open to the public.