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Oregon COVID-19 updates, Oct. 21: 331 new cases, 2 more deaths

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


2:20 p.m.

  • State health officials reported 331 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths, bringing Oregon's death toll to 635 people. Learn more

9 a.m.

  • Who will get a COVID-19 vaccine first once it's deemed safe and effective? Oregon has laid out its plan for vaccine distribution. It's a 136-page plan that shows the state will adopt a phased approach, with the first shots going to health care workers, other essential workers and people at a higher risk of severe reactions to the virus. Learn more
  • With cases rising there's concern hospitals could be overrun with COVID-19 and flu patients. But health care systems in Oregon have learned a lot over the last several months and are more prepared than they were earlier in the pandemic. Learn more
  • Amid COVID-19 restrictions, many businesses have had the chance to reopen to some degree. But in the Portland-metro area, bowling alleys are still outside the lines when it comes to what state health officials deem safe. Bowling alleys can't reopen in areas under Phase 1 restrictions, and that still includes Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. Learn more

8:30 a.m.

  • Oregon surpassed 40,000 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported 346 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19. A total of 40,136 cases have been reported since the first case of the coronavirus was reported in Oregon in late February. OHA also reported six new deaths, raising the state's death toll to 633. Learn more

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INTERACTIVE: Oregon schools with COVID-19 cases

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus data by age group

INTERACTIVE: COVID-19 Cases in Oregon

INTERACTIVE: Oregon COVID-19 Hospitalization Data

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