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Oregon COVID-19 updates, Nov. 24: Single-day high 21 deaths reported

As COVID-19 continues to rise dramatically in Oregon, Southwest Washington and beyond, get the latest updates here.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cases of COVID-19 began showing up in the United States in January of this year. 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 Tuesday evening:

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus map


8:15 p.m.

  • Two Washington County commissioners, including one who violated Gov. Brown’s travel advisory, have recently vacationed in Hawaii and Mexico. These trips came to light as Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran drew criticism from county employees and the public after spending two weeks at a condo on the Big Island of Hawaii. Learn more 
  • A COVID-19 ICU nurse at OHSU worries that if Oregon continues on the same troubling trend with our surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, it could affect the entire health care system. Learn more
  • A judge denied a challenge by the Oregon restaurant industry to Gov. Kate Brown's statewide two-week freeze executive order, which limits restaurants to takeout only. The executive order remains in place and restaurants are still limited to strictly takeout. Learn more
  • Portland metro area health officials are making a final plea, asking the public to cancel or drastically scale back Thanksgiving plans as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Learn more

1 p.m.

  • The Oregon Health Authority reported 21 deaths due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest number of deaths reported in a single day since the pandemic began. The previous record was 20 on Nov. 19. Learn more

9 a.m.

  • Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran is drawing criticism for her decision to travel to Hawaii despite a spike in coronavirus cases in Oregon that resulted in travel warnings. Multnomah County employees, who spoke on a condition of anonymity, said Meieran is sending the wrong message during a critical stage in the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more
  • Through Dec. 31, Oregon landlords can't evict people who are unable to pay rent. But they can evict them come the new year, unless state lawmakers extend the eviction moratorium. Lawmakers heard a proposal that would extend to the moratorium to June 30, 2021. Learn more
  • Health officials continue to urge people to avoid large gatherings as COVID-19 cases rise heading into the holiday season. Cassie Sauer, CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association, said the best "thank you" we can give health care workers is to not get sick by staying home. Learn more

INTERACTIVE: COVID-19 Cases in Oregon

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INTERACTIVE: Oregon Hospital Capacity and Usage

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