Oregon reports more than 600 cases of coronavirus over long weekend

Sep 8 2020, 10:09 am

The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 605 new known cases of COVID-19 over the course of the Labor Day long weekend, with seven additional deaths.

At the time of writing, the total number of known cases in Oregon sits at 28,190, with 482 deaths.

Over the weekend, the Oregon Health Authority warned that air quality drops due to growing wildfires in Oregon could complicate virus infection, and substantially increase respiratory issues.

“Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Wildfires smoke and other forms of air pollution can increase the risk of exacerbating respiratory diseases, including COVID 19.”

“Oregon’s 482nd COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Aug. 27 and died on Sept. 5 in her residence. She had underlying conditions,” writes the OHA.

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.

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