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Oregon COVID-19 updates July 8: You may be carrying the virus on your shoes

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 Wednesday afternoon:

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus map


11:25 p.m.

  • While Phase One allows indoor dining with restrictions, some restaurant owners say it's still not safe and are utilizing outdoor dining to stay afloat. Learn more 

8 p.m.

  • One health expert warns, as more and more stores open up, we should all be taking at least one very important step when it comes to our shoes. Although small, there is a risk of bringing the COVID-19 virus into our homes on the bottom of our shoes. Learn more
  • Dominick Nevarez's story would be tough enough with just the unemployment troubles. But he said he and his girlfriend are also sick with COVID-19. Learn more
  • Umatilla County, with a population of just over 81,000, reported its first case of the novel coronavirus on March 2. Cases slowly rose throughout the next few months, but since July 1, COVID-19 cases have nearly doubled the county's total amount. Learn more

6 p.m.

  • There are 48 active workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 in Oregon. More than half of the active outbreaks this week are at facilities that process or serve food. Learn more

2:55 p.m.

  • Four more people died of COVID-19 in Oregon, including a 36-year-old man, state health officials reported Wednesday. Oregon’s death toll is now 224 people. Learn more
  • As the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests continues to rise each week in Oregon, Multnomah County has paused any efforts to move further toward a Phase 2 reopening. Washington and Clackamas counties will also pause reopening plans. Learn more

9 a.m.

  • An expert on indoor air quality at PSU says some cloth masks just aren't that effective. Here's a look at which ones are.
  • The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) said most of Oregon’s bars and restaurants followed social distancing guidelines and enforced the statewide mask mandate over the Fourth of July weekend. Some inspectors, however, found several businesses where there was a clear disregard for the rules meant to curb the spread of COVID-19, most notably along the central Oregon coast, southern Oregon and the city of Bend.
  • From the types of symptoms to the average age of people infected, a lot has changed since this pandemic first hit the U.S. Learn more

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus data by age group

INTERACTIVE: Oregon case count and hospitalization status

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