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Oregon Reports Nearly 150 New Known Coronavirus Cases

<p>There is currently no vaccine to prevent contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.</p>

There is currently no vaccine to prevent contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

UPDATE (1:05 p.m. PT) — Oregon health officials reported 148 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the state Thursday, bringing the total number of known cases to 6,366.

The Oregon Health Authority also reported four new deaths Thursday, bringing the state’s total deaths to 187.

OHA describes the new deaths as:

An 82-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive June 4 and died June 14. Her place of death is being confirmed. She had underlying medical conditions. 

A 78-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive June 11 and died June 15 in his residence. He had underlying medical conditions. 

An 89-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive June 6 and died June 16. His place of death is being confirmed. He had underlying medical conditions. 

An 87-year-old man in Clackamas County who became symptomatic May 13, after close contact with a confirmed case, and died May 23. His place of death is being confirmed. He had underlying medical conditions. 

As of Thursday, 141 people are hospitalized with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state, including 28 who are on ventilators. Coronavirus has led to the hospitalization of 933 people over the course of the pandemic.

Clark County At More Than 670 Confirmed Cases

Health officials in Clark County announced Thursday that 12 more residents have tested positive for COVID-19.In total, 671 people have tested positive in Clark County, and 28 people have died.The most recent available data from the Washington Department of Health show 26,784 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state and 1,226 known deaths.

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DEQ urges people to wait on emissions testing

Officials with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality are urging Oregonians to hold off on taking their vehicles in for emissions testing due to long wait times. 

DEQ reopened its Southern Oregon testing station as well as some stations in the Portland area this week. Other testing sites in the metro area are also beginning to reopen in the coming weeks. 

This has brought an influx of people looking to get necessary emissions testing done before registering or renewing registration for their vehicles, the agency said.

“At times, there are people waiting up to two hours to get their vehicle inspected,” Susan Mills, public affairs specialist with DEQ, said. These long lines sometimes block entrances to local businesses. 

Mills said people should wait at least two weeks before attempting to get an emissions test, especially because local law enforcement agencies in the state, in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Transportation, are exercising discretion in their enforcement of vehicle registrations that have expired during the pandemic.

“People are not going to be cited for their tags being out of date,” Mills said. “They have until October 1, 2020, to come in, get their vehicle inspected and register their car with the DMV.”

Mills said there are also alternative emissions testing options, including DEQ Too stations at private businesses such as gas stations and car washes. Mills said people can also purchase a test certificate online before getting a test, with the understanding that they must get their vehicle tested before Dec. 31, 2020.

If people do choose to go to a vehicle testing site, DEQ requests that they follow public health guidelines including maintaining a distance of six feet from employees and wearing face coverings.

DEQ’s inspection stations initially closed on March 17 due to the pandemic. 


Copyright 2020 Oregon Public Broadcasting

OPB Staff
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