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COVID-19 updates June 11: Multnomah County Phase 1 reopening put on hold

As COVID-19 continues to impact Oregon and Southwest Washington, get the latest updates here.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cases of COVID-19 began popping up in the United States in January. The first case in Oregon was reported on Feb. 28.

We've been posting a weekday blog to track the daily changes in Oregon and Southwest Washington as we get them. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LATEST UPDATES


As of Thursday evening:


11:25 p.m.

  • Over the last five days, the Oregon Health Authority has reported at least 100 new coronavirus cases three times. That spike, along with increases in previous weeks, has the governor and health officials concerned. Learn more

7:30 p.m.

  • Multnomah County's Phase 1 application pushed back by one week. All pending applications will be put on hold by one week as well, Gov. Brown announced Thursday. Learn more

7 p.m.

  • The Portland Japanese Garden is back open, with some changes including one-way walksways and time ticketing. Learn more

5 p.m.

  • Clackamas County is pushing back applying for Phase 2 of reopening to see the effects of Phase 1 and train new contact tracers. Learn more

3 p.m.

  • There are 36 state parks that are open for camping and day-use in Oregon but some facilities may not be available due to a limited staff. Learn more

1 p.m.

  • Oregon Health Authority on Thursday reported 178 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 5,237. The reasons for the higher numbers include widespread availability of testing, increased contact tracing, and active monitoring of close contacts, OHA officials said. Workplace outbreaks are another source of the high number. Learn more

6 a.m.

  • In an interview on The Story with Dan Haggerty, Gov. Kate Brown said she is worried about the spread of COVID-19 at protests. She encouraged everyone to practice their First Amendment rights, but to do so safely. Learn more 
  • The Oregon Health Authority has identified 24 workplaces in the state where there are active outbreaks of COVID-19. Learn more
  • Oregon reported 72 new confirmed and presumptive cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday. The state's total known coronavirus cases during the pandemic has surpassed 5,000. Learn more
  • The interim director of the Oregon Employment Department says new resources will help address the backlog of unemployment claims. Learn more

Interactive: Oregon COVID-19 Cases (Real-time updates continue below)

Ineractive: Oregon COVID-19 workplace outbreaks

National and global updates:

  • About 1.5 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that many Americans are still losing their jobs even as the economy appears to be slowly recovering with more businesses partially reopening. Learn more
  • News broke earlier this week that the World Health Organization announced COVID-19 transmission from asymptomatic carriers was "very rare." But the WHO hasn’t changed policy on asymptomatic cases. In fact, the doctor quoted in the WHO media briefing said she was misunderstood. Learn more
  • The United States reached 2 million reported cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. It remains the only country to have reported it hit the 1 million mark -- a number it has now doubled. Learn more

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