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Oregon COVID-19 updates July 14: Outdoor face mask rules go into effect Wednesday

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

BY THE NUMBERS

As of Tuesday evening:

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus map 


REAL-TIME UPDATES

9 p.m.

  • Gov. Kate Brown's new rules for indoor gatherings and outdoor face masks go in effect Wednesday and people have a lot of questions. Here are some answers. Learn more
  • Over the last several weeks the international air quality expert has analyzed the risk levels of several different environments when it comes to aerosols or what he calls far-field transmission. According to Dr. Corsi, indoor dining areas and gyms top the list. Learn more
  • Four months into the coronavirus pandemic and Oregon is seeing a rise in cases and health officials are expecting a decline in tests in the coming weeks. Some test results are also now taking a week for people to get back. Learn more
  • Health officials in Malheur County sounded the alarm about a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. As of Monday, the county had 434 total cases, with a 16% positive test rate. Learn more
  • An Oregon legislative committee on Tuesday unanimously approved the distribution of one-time $500 relief checks to people who are still waiting for unemployment benefits. Learn more
  • At this point, it’s looking like many school districts will be incorporating a hybrid model in the fall, with some form of online learning. In the Estacada School District, for example, there aren’t concrete plans yet. But a summer pilot project could influence what happens in the fall. Learn more
  • Washington counties cannot move to the next phases of reopening for at least another two weeks, and it's possible that openings could be rolled back. Learn more

1:30 p.m.

  • Oregon employers have added back one-third of the jobs lost in the state in March and April. But 234,000 Oregonians are still out of work, and the unemployment rate lines up with the depth of the Great Recession. Learn more

12 p.m.

  • Seven more people have died of COVID-19 in Oregon, state health officials reported Tuesday. The number of deaths ties a record-high for Oregon. The last time the state saw seven deaths in one day was April 28. Learn more

7:30 a.m.

  • As the number of COVID-19 cases spikes across the country, Oregon health officials expect a decline in the state’s testing capacity in the weeks to come. In the Oregon Health Authority’s weekly testing summary released Monday, officials said increasing national demand for tests may decrease Oregon’s allocations from several major manufacturers. Learn more
  • As COVID-19 case numbers rise, many restaurant owners are more committed than ever to enforcing mask-wearing policies for guests. Learn more

7 a.m.

  • A COVID-19 outbreak connected to a prison in Eastern Oregon’s Malheur County has left at least 141 people sick, the Oregon Department of Corrections said on Monday. Learn more

INTERACTIVE:  COVID-19 Status at Oregon Department of Corrections Facilities

  • State health officials on Monday reported 280 new COVID-19 cases, marking the seventh straight day the Oregon Health Authority has reported at least 200 cases. The OHA also announced three more people died from the coronavirus, bringing the state’s death toll up to 237. Learn more

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus data by age group

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