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Oregon COVID-19 updates June 22: Answers to your face mask questions

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 daily blog to track the changes in Oregon and Southwest Washington as we get them. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LATEST UPDATES


As of Monday evening:


6:15 p.m.

  • Are face masks required in Oregon churches? What about multi-story apartment buildings? We answer a few of your mask-related questions. Learn more
  • In response to coronavirus restrictions, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has issued nearly 200 permits to expand table service outside, to allow struggling businesses to serve more customers. Learn more
  • For the past two decades Breast Friends has made it their mission to ensure no woman walks that journey alone. However, like many nonprofit groups, the pandemic has them struggling to get the donations they need to continue their work. Learn more

4:20 p.m.

  • In the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government scrambled to find enough protective gear. Despite no prior experience acquiring medical products or working with the government, an Oregon gift shop supplier landed a deal with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Learn more
  • It will be “almost impossible” for all Washington students to return to in-person classes in the fall, according to Washington Superintendent Chris Reykdal. The sticking point? Reykdal said maintaining 6 feet of distance between students, teachers, and staff would be the biggest challenge considering normal class sizes. Learn more

2:30 p.m.

  • Multnomah County health officials held a virtual news conference Monday to address the county's rising number of COVID-19 cases. Dr. Jennifer Vines, the county health officer, and Communicable Disease Director Kim Toevs said they expected cases to rise in the county as more family and social gatherings began to happen, starting around Memorial Day. Learn more

12:45 p.m.

  • Two more people have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, bringing the state's death toll to 192, according to the Oregon Health Authority. There were 146 new confirmed and presumptive cases of the coronavirus announced Monday. Learn more

11:40 a.m.

  • Multnomah County health officials will hold a 1 p.m. virtual news conference to address the county’s rising number of cases. Learn more
  • A famous Salem attraction will reopen on Thursday for the first time in three months. The Salem Riverfront Carousel will open at 10 a.m. on June 25 with limited hours of operation and some new safety protocols. Learn more

7:30 a.m.

  • On Sunday, Oregon Health Authority reported 190 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases and one more death in the state. Multnomah County had 84 new infections which accounted for 44% of Sunday's daily total. It marked the highest number of infections reported in one day in the county, which entered Phase 1 of reopening on Friday. Learn more
  • “It’s really that simple: Face coverings save lives.” Gov. Kate Brown releases the full list of guidelines for Oregon's face mask requirements going into effect on June 24. Learn more
  • Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the union that represents close to 15,000 nurses across the state of Oregon says protective gear for front-line medical workers is still in dangerously short supply at some hospitals. At the same time, others are doing a much better job at protecting their workers. Learn more

INTERACTIVE: Oregon COVID-19 cases (updated Monday afternoon)

INTERACTIVE: Oregon COVID-19 data by age group (updated Monday afternoon)

INTERACTIVE: Oregon COVID-19 positive tests, negative tests and deaths (updated Monday afternoon)

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