Union County Commissioners Advise A Step Back From Reopening

By OPB Staff (OPB)
June 17, 2020 2:15 p.m.

UPDATE (2:33 p.m. PT) — Oregon health officials reported 122 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the state Wednesday, bringing the total number of known cases to 6,218.

Union County health officials reported 2 new cases, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 242. The bulk of those cases are from an outbreak linked with Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church in Island City, just east of La Grande.


Union County had on June 4 entered Phase 2 of Gov. Kate Brown’s framework for reopening. County commissioners announced Wednesday that they are urging — but not forcing — community members to voluntarily revert to Phase 1 guidelines.

“This is not a mandate, but a recommendation that the community implement mitigation measures consistent with Phase 1,” county officials said in a press release.

Union County commissioners also passed a recommendation that citizens should adhere to guidance related to wearing cloth face coverings and masks.

Related: Eastern Oregon Church Center Of State's Largest COVID-19 Outbreak

The Union County Incident Management Team is in the process of establishing a drive-through testing clinic scheduled for Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19.

The Oregon Health Authority also reported one new death Wednesday, bringing the state’s total deaths to 183.


As of Wednesday, 158 people are hospitalized with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state, including 26 who are on ventilators. Coronavirus has led to the hospitalization of 929 people over the course of the pandemic.

Oregon COVID-19 Map

Jacob Fenton, The Accountability Project at the Investigative Reporting Workshop 

Clark County at more than 650 confirmed cases

Health officials in Clark County announced Wednesday that three more residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

In total, 659 people have tested positive in Clark County, and 28 people have died.

The most recent available data from the Washington Department of Health show 26,531 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state and 1,231 known deaths.