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Oregon COVID-19 updates, Aug. 28: Multnomah, Hood River counties removed from watch list

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 Friday evening:

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus map (Note: this map is from Friday, August 28th) 

REAL-TIME UPDATES

9:45 p.m.

  • Multnomah County health officials are asking that the public consider their Labor Day plans and make sure they are COVID-19 safe. Officials want to ensure that Multnomah County does not see another spike in infections like with prior holiday weekends. Learn more
  • When the Oregon DMV shut down in March for 10 weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it created a backlog, totaling in the hundreds of thousands, of expired licenses, vehicle tags, registration and other driving-related items that couldn't be processed. It may take a year to clear the backlog. Learn more

5:10 p.m.

  • U.S. regulators are now allowing use of experimental antiviral drug remdesivir for all patients hospitalized with COVID-19, drugmaker Gilead Sciences said Friday. It said the Food and Drug Administration has expanded its emergency use authorization, which lets doctors administer the IV drug during the pandemic. Until now, that was limited to patients with severe COVID-19. Learn more

1:30 p.m.

  • Health officials reported nine more Oregonians have died of COVID-19. The state’s death toll is now at 447. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) also reported 301 new coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s total to 26,054. Learn more

11:30 a.m.

  • Gov. Kate Brown announced the removal of Multnomah and Hood River counties from Oregon’s COVID-19 County Watch List. Learn more

8:30 a.m.

  • Data from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) shows some of the largest COVID-19 spikes last week were in Marion and Multnomah counties. Here are the 11 ZIP codes that had the most new cases. Learn more
  • There's been a lot of buzz this week about the use of convalescent plasma to help treat COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved its emergency use. KGW talked with one of the first patients to receive convalescent plasma for COVID-19 in Central Oregon. Learn more
  • Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler met with business leaders on Thursday. The COVID-19 pandemic, nightly protests that sometimes result in violence and an ongoing homeless crisis have left some business owners feeling helpless. Learn more

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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