On Thursday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 416 new known cases of COVID-19 with five additional fatalities.
At the time of writing, the number of known cases in Oregon sits at 18,131, with 316 deaths.
According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (three), Benton (seven), Clackamas (22), Clatsop (two), Columbia (three), Coos (four), Crook (two), Deschutes (15), Douglas (two), Hood River (five), Jackson (10), Jefferson (12), Klamath (one), Lake (one), Lane (10), Lincoln (two), Linn (four), Malheur (18), Marion (38), Morrow (nine), Multnomah (61), Polk (seven), Umatilla (101), Union (one), Wasco (two), Washington (63), and Yamhill (11).
“OHA released its Weekly Report, which showed that during the week of July 20 to 26, 42,452 people were tested for COVID-19 in Oregon, and 5.1% of them had a positive result, down from 6.6% last week,” writes the OHA.
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“Oregon’s 316th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 4 and died on July 23, at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.”
Oregon’s newly expanded face covering ordinance is now in effect, which mandates that all people in the state wear masks when in public if a distance of six feet cannot be maintained. This includes indoor and outdoor spaces. The mandate has now been extended to children over the age of five.
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.