Oregon Reports 101 New Coronavirus Cases Sunday
UPDATE (4:35 p.m. PT) — The Oregon Health Authority reported 101 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the state Sunday, bringing the state’s total number of known positive and presumptive cases to 5,636.
The bulk of these new cases continue to stem mostly from the Portland metro area, with 32 diagnoses in Multnomah County, 10 in Clackamas County and 13 in Washington County. Officials also reported 20 new cases in Marion County.
Health officials also reported two new coronavirus-related deaths. In Oregon, 176 people are known to have died from the disease.
The Oregon Health Authority detailed the latest deaths as:
A 95-year-old woman in Multnomah County, who tested positive on May 13 and died on June 8, at her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.
A 70-year-old woman in Washington County, who tested positive on May 4 and died on June 8, at Portland Providence Medical Center. She did not have underlying medical conditions.
Southern Oregon groups petition to restart high school sports
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners, as well as some school districts in southern Oregon, are backing a petition pushing Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to allow high school athletics and other activities to restart.
The Josephine County Commissioners, Three Rivers School District and Grants Pass School District 7 signed a letter in support of the “Let Them Play” effort, the county said Saturday. The letter was sent to Brown’s office Friday, the county said.
“It is our understanding that the restrictions contained in the Phase 2 reopening guidelines prohibit any sport that involves participants coming into bodily contact,” the letter said. “Now, more than ever, it is imperative to ensure our kids are able to be involved in these positive and constructive activities.”
Josephine County has had 23 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of those, 22 people have recovered and one died. The county says 3,051 people have tested negative for the virus, and there are no known active infections.
The Let Them Play effort has more than 23,000 people following on Facebook. Nearly 16,000 people had signed an online petition as of Saturday.
Cowlitz County long-term care facility employee tests positive
Public health officials announced that a staff member at a Cowlitz County long-term care facility has tested positive for COVID-19. According to officials, the employee does not have contact with residents and the risk of infection to staff and residents is low.
The case was found through ongoing testing of staff and residents at long-term care facilities in Washington. The entire Cowlitz County facility has been tested, with 97 tests collected. One of 85 returned tests so far has been positive, with 12 tests pending. Health officials are not naming the facility at this time.
Health officials are currently investigating and asking people in close contact with the infected person to quarantine.
Clark County reaches 630 COVID-19 diagnoses
Clark County reported eight new coronavirus cases Friday. That puts the county’s total number of known cases at 630.
To date, 28 people have died from COVID-19 in Clark County.
According to the most recently available data, Washington has 24,779 confirmed coronavirus cases. The state has seen 1,194 coronavirus-related deaths.
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