Monday Brings Oregon 168 New Coronavirus Cases, No New Deaths

By OPB Staff (OPB)
Portland, Ore. July 6, 2020 1:38 p.m.

UPDATE (4:42 p.m. PT) – The Oregon Health Authority reported 168 new confirmed and presumptive coronavirus diagnoses Monday, bringing the state to 10,395 known cases.

State health officials had previously identified over 300 cases each day since Thursday. OHA said that while Monday’s case count is down, it doesn’t indicate a downward trend in cases.

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“Today’s case count is likely an outlier. We do not expect case counts to suddenly decrease,” said OHA senior health advisor Dr. Melissa Sutton.

“We are hopeful that the governor’s statewide face coverings policy will lead to a decrease in case counts 2-3 weeks from now.”

Monday’s reported cases follow a milestone marked on Sunday, with Oregon’s coronavirus case numbers surpassing 10,000.

Most new cases reported Monday were in the Portland metro area counties of Clackamas (16 cases), Multnomah (41 cases) and Washington (34 cases). Umatilla and Marion counties each reported 16 cases.

The health agency didn’t report any new coronavirus-related deaths. The number of people confirmed to have died from the virus in Oregon is 215.

As of Monday, 183 people are hospitalized with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state, including 26 who are on ventilators. The coronavirus has led to the hospitalization of 1,125 people statewide over the course of the pandemic.


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Jacob Fenton, The Accountability Project at the Investigative Reporting Workshop 

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Oregon's federal prison has an inmate test positive

An inmate at the federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

It's the first known case of the disease at the facility, about 30 miles northwest of Salem. Read more here.

Clark County cases surpass 1,000

Health officials in Clark County, Washington, reported 107 new coronavirus cases over the weekend, bringing the county’s total to 1,008 known cases. The weekend’s count includes all cases reported to public health officials Thursday through Sunday.

Public health officials did not report any additional deaths, with the county’s total holding at 29.

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

The latest available data from the Washington Department of Health shows there are 35,898 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state and 1,359 known deaths. As of Monday, the coronavirus has led to the hospitalization of 4,482 people in Washington.

Customers of Orchards Tap urged to be tested

Health officials are asking certain customers of Orchards Tap Bar and Grill in Vancouver, Washington, to immediately seek testing for COVID-19. The Columbian reports that an outbreak has hit at least 18 employees and customers.

Clark County Public Health issued the advisory Friday afternoon for those who visited Orchards Tap at 10514 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., between June 19–25.

Oregon prison outbreak quarantines 3,000 inmates 

More than 3,100 inmates at the Snake River Correctional Institution outside Ontario are under quarantine because of an outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility.

That puts more than 5,400 inmates, roughly one-third of the state’s prison population, on lockdown, unable to leave their cells. Another serious outbreak of the disease remains at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem.

Across the state’s prison system, at least 180 inmates and 59 staff have contracted COVID-19 as of Saturday. One inmate died in May.

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