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Oregon COVID-19 updates, Sept. 16: 66 active workplace outbreaks

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 evening:

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus map


9:10 p.m.

  • Health officials on reported two more COVID-19 deaths in Oregon and 195 new cases of the virus. The state’s death toll is now 521 people. Oregon’s total number of known cases is now 29,850. Learn more
  • There are 66 active COVID-19 workplace outbreaks in Oregon as of this week. The five largest active outbreaks are at prisons and food processing facilities. Learn more
  • Several Portland-area COVID-19 testing sites and labs are closed because of hazardous air quality from wildfire smoke. However, many options remain available. Learn more
  • The director of the CDC told lawmakers Wednesday that there is clear scientific evidence masks work and they are our best defense currently against coronavirus. Learn more

12:30 p.m.

  • Nearly 300 Salmon Creek chiropractic patients may have been exposed to COVID-19. Clark County Public Health is asking anyone who visited the Chiro One location in Salmon Creek to quarantine immediately. Learn more

8:30 a.m.

  • COVID-19 testing is down locally because hazardous air quality has forced some COVID-19 testing sites, labs and clinics to close. "We're kind of flying blind at the moment where COVID-19 is concerned,” Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines said. County health officials were already concerned about a spike in cases following Labor Day Weekend. Now they’re concerned evacuations and wildfire smoke could also play a role. Learn more
  • The Oregon Health Authority reported eight more COVID-19 deaths in Oregon and 184 new cases of the virus on Tuesday. The state's death toll is now 519 people. Oregon's total number of known cases is 29,962. Learn more
  • The federal government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism rippling across the land. Learn more

INTERACTIVE: Active workplace outbreaks with 5 or more cases

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus data by age group

INTERACTIVE: COVID-19 Cases in Oregon

INTERACTIVE: Oregon COVID-19 Hospitalization Data

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