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Oregon COVID-19 updates, Aug. 26: State health officials report 6 new deaths, 222 new cases

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

BY THE NUMBERS

As of Wednesday afternoon:

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus map

REAL-TIME UPDATES

10:00 p.m.

  • There are 87 active COVID-19 workplace outbreaks in Oregon as of this week. Learn more
  • The spread of the deadly disease has decreased since July, but authorities say the number of cases is still too high for students to return to school. Learn more
  • A Providence study on COVID-19 antibodies showed a low exposure rate among more than 10,000 health care workers. Learn more

12:45 p.m.

  • Oregon health officials reported six more deaths due to COVID-19. The state's death toll raised to 433. The Oregon Health Authority also reported 222 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of known cases in Oregon to 25,571. Learn more

10 a.m.

  • A months-long COVID-19 antibody study by Providence researchers revealed a low percentage of positive tests among more than 10,000 health care workers tested during the early months of the pandemic. Researchers said the low rate was due, in part, to social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in hospitals. Learn more
  • Multnomah County has a long way to go before schools reopen. The county needs to hit roughly 80 known cases per week for schools to open in-person under Gov. Kate Brown's guidelines. The county announced 107 new cases in just the past two days. Multnomah County hasn't been below 80 cases a week since the second week of the pandemic. Learn more
  • Wheeler County is the only Oregon county without a single positive COVID-19 case, so they were allowed to open schools this week. This morning, Jim Smith, the superintendent of Fossil School District, joined Sunrise Extra to talk about their return to classrooms. Watch here

INTERACTIVE: Active workplace outbreaks with five or more confirmed cases

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus data by age group

INTERACTIVE: COVID-19 Cases in Oregon

INTERACTIVE: Oregon COVID-19 Hospitalization Data

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