Over 650 new cases of coronavirus reported in Oregon over the weekend

Aug 17 2020, 10:07 am

The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 664 new known cases of COVID-19, with three additional deaths, over the weekend of August 15 and 16.

At the time of writing, the total number of known cases in Oregon sits at 23,262, with 388 deaths.

“Oregon’s 388th COVID-19 death is a 52-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on August 5 and died on August 14 at Providence Portland Medical Center. She had underlying conditions,” writes the OHA on Sunday.

The OHA also said that, as of mid-June, 1% of Oregonians without COVID-19 had evidence of past infection of the virus in their blood, which is “10 times higher than the reported rate of infections obtained through conventional testing,” according to a recent study.

“Oregon Health Authority epidemiologists who authored the study, which appears today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), found that nine of 897 blood specimens collected from 19 health care facilities around Oregon between May 11 and June 15, 2020, contained antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19.”

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.

The mandate has also been extended to children over the age of five.

The restrictions in an executive order passed down by Governor Kate Brown have recently seen some 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.

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