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Oregon Surpasses 10,000 Coronavirus Diagnoses

<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 (5:10 p.m. PT) — Sunday took Oregon’s COVID-19 case numbers over 10,000, with 301 new and presumptive cases reported by the Oregon Health Authority. The total cases during the pandemic are listed as 10,230. The coronavirus claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 215.

Sunday marks the fourth consecutive day with more than 300 new COVID-19 diagnoses.

Most new cases are in the Portland metro area counties of Clackamas (25 cases), Multnomah (72 cases) and Washington (51 cases). Umatilla County reported 41 new cases.

Oregon’s 214th COVID-19 death was a 96-year-old woman in Lincoln County who tested positive on June 30 and died on July 2, in her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 215th COVID-19 death was a 70-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on June 11 and died on July 3, at Salem Hospital. He had underlying medical conditions.

More information is known now about Oregon’s 213th COVID-19 death. She was an 86-year-old woman in Lincoln County who tested positive on June 29 and died on July 1, at Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions.

Eight counties on "watch list"

Friday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown identified eight counties where COVID-19 is spreading the fastest, and have the highest rates of “sporadic transmission” — that is, have no clear epidemiological link to other outbreaks. Those counties will be placed on a “watch list” and include: Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wasco counties.

Health officials will closely monitor those counties and prioritize resources to suppress the virus in those hotspot communities.

As of Friday, 173 people across the state were hospitalized with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 25 on ventilators. The coronavirus has led to the hospitalization of 1,069 people statewide over the course of the pandemic.

Clark County public health warning of potential COVID-19 exposure

Clark County Public Health is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at a Vancouver food establishment.

Health officials warn that people who visited Orchards Tap Bar and Grill between June 19-25 may be at risk of getting sick.

Public health officials have linked 18 cases so far, which includes four employees and 14 restaurant customers.

People who visited the restaurant and bar between June 19-25 should contact their health care providers and request testing for COVID 19, public health officials warn. Those individuals should also quarantine at home for 14 days from their last date of exposure at the facility.

Health officials in Washington reported Saturday that Clark County's cases total 922. 

The county has recorded 30 deaths from COVID-19. 

Clark County’s application to move into Phase 3 of Washington’s reopening process is on hold. Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that there would be a two-week pause in response to an increase in cases. The county will remain in Phase 2.

The Washington Department of Health reported 35,247 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state and 1,354 known deaths. The latest available data shows coronavirus has led to the hospitalization of 4,473 people in Washington.

OSHA and OLCC ramping up enforcement this weekend

Brown also announced that the Oregon Occupational Health and Safety Administration and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be increasing enforcement of pandemic-related safety measures over the holiday weekend.

Officials will be inspecting restaurants, bars and other businesses statewide to ensure they are complying with mask rules, social distancing requirements, alcohol laws and OLCC rules.

If businesses refuse to comply, OSHA and OLCC staff can issue citations, fines, and red warning notices.

Those notices apply to businesses that appear to be in willful violation of the Governor’s executive orders or who refuse to take corrective measures. Those businesses will be closed until the hazardous condition is remedied, and the governor’s office warns that violating a red warning notice will result in severe penalties.


Copyright 2020 Oregon Public Broadcasting

OPB Staff