PORTLAND, Ore. — Four more presumptive positive cases of coronavirus have been found in a Lebanon, Oregon veterans home, the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs announced late Monday night.
That brings Oregon's total number of known announced cases to 51. Earlier Monday, state health officials announced eight more people in Oregon have tested positive for COVID-19.
The department of veterans' affairs said the four new cases would be added to the Oregon Health Authority's numbers on Tuesday.
The 12 new cases are spread across seven counties. In addition to the four cases at the Linn County veterans home, there are two new cases each in Benton and Deschutes counties, according to Oregon Health Authority. There is one new case in Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah and Washington counties.
The veterans home now has a total of 13 residents with presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. Twelve of the residents are veterans, and one is a veteran's spouse, officials said. One staff member has also tested positive.
Earlier on Monday, Gov. Kate Brown said she’ll issue an executive order that will lead to further social distancing in the state. Beginning Tuesday, gatherings of 25 or more people will be banned. Restaurants will also be limited to takeout or delivery, with no in-person dining allowed. The restrictions will be in place for at least four weeks.
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President Donald Trump on Monday recommended that groups of no larger than 10 gather together.
The 51 coronavirus cases in Oregon are spread across 13 counties. One person has died among those 51 cases. There have been 689 people who tested negative and results are pending for another 184 people.
Health officials continue to urge all Oregonians to take steps to protect those who are most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19. Those considered high risk include adults 60 and older, or anyone with a serious health condition, including lung or heart problems, kidney disease, or diabetes, or anyone who has a suppressed immune system.
People vulnerable to complications should follow federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to stay home as much as possible and avoid gatherings. Every resident should take these basic steps to protect those most at risk:
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you feel ill.
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