Hard-Hit Union County Conducts Drive-Through Coronavirus Testing

By OPB staff (OPB)
Portland, Ore. June 22, 2020 6:45 p.m.

UPDATE (1:20 p.m. PT) — Coronavirus diagnoses continue to climb in Oregon, with health officials reporting 146 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Monday. That brings the state's total to 7,083 known cases. More than 7% of all reported Oregon cases were identified over the past weekend, with 511 cases reported between 12:01 a.m. Friday and 12:00 a.m. Sunday.

The bulk of Monday’s new diagnoses come from the Salem area, with 47 cases in Marion County. Cases continue to show up in the Portland metro area, with 27 in Washington County, 17 in Multnomah County,  and 15 in Clackamas County.


While new infections are climbing, the death rate remains steady, with two COVID-19 deaths confirmed Monday. That brings the state’s total to 192 deaths.

The Oregon Health Authority detailed the latest deaths as:

A 68-year-old man in Lincoln County who died June 16 in his residence and tested positive on June 17. He did not have underlying medical conditions.
A 90-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on June 18. According to health officials, information about this death is still pending.

As of Monday, 145 people are hospitalized with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state, including 27 who are on ventilators. Coronavirus has led to the hospitalization of 969 people in Oregon over the course of the pandemic.

Rural Union County conducts drive-through testing

Union County health officials reported five new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the county's total to 263 diagnoses. The bulk is from an outbreak linked with Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Island City, the single largest outbreak in the state.

Volunteers in Union County were able to conduct a combined total of 561 tests via a drive-through clinic on Thursday and Friday. Due to the high volume of tests, there may be delays in reporting, and results are still pending.


According to the Oregon Health Authority, there are nearly 100 cases for every 10,000 people in Union County as of Friday. Statewide, there are about 16 cases for every 10,000 people.

Mask rule takes effect Wednesday

A rule about wearing masks in public indoor spaces takes effect Wednesday in seven Oregon counties: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Hood River, Lincoln, Marion and Polk. It applies to stores, public transportation and gyms, among other sites.

Clark County deaths reach 29

Health officials in Clark County, Washington reported 18 new confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases Monday. That brings the county’s total cases to 703. Public health officials also reported one new fatality, bringing the county’s total to 29 deaths.

The Washington Department of Health reported 28,680 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state and 1,270 known deaths. As of Monday, coronavirus has led to the hospitalization of 4,049 people in Washington.

Yakima County in 'a desperate situation'

Related: Yakima County In 'Desperate Situation' As Virus Caseload Soars, Inslee Says

The spike of more than 200 cases in one day is an extraordinary jump for a rural county, and has happened twice in June in Yakima County. By comparison, King County saw an increase of 62 cases in the latest one-day count from Friday, which was also an uptick.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Saturday that masks will be legally required in Yakima County.

“This is, frankly, a desperate situation for public health, for our ability to reopen Yakima which we want to do, and for the health and safety of the entire state of Washington, because as Yakima County goes, so goes the rest of the state,” Inslee said in a Saturday press conference.