COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 180.
Oregon Health Authority reported 184 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Monday bringing the state total to 5,820.
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (6), Hood River (1), Jackson (1), Jefferson (1), Klamath (2), Lake (1), Malheur (2), Marion (4), Multnomah (37), Polk (3), Umatilla (9), Union (99), Wasco (2), Washington (15), Yamhill (1).
OHA is coordinating with Union County public health authorities to respond to an outbreak of COVID-19. The outbreak explains the 99 cases today in Union County.
365 residents were tested by public health over the weekend. Of those tests, 99 new cases have been identified so far. This brings the total cases in the county to 123. Officials anticipate the numbers may increase as many test results still being processed.
“This announcement raises a lot of different feelings. For me, it raises concern. For others it may raise fear, anxiety, anger, uncertainty and even skepticism. All of those emotions make sense when we have a new disease” said Carrie Brogoitti, Public Health Administrator CHD. “I think we all care about our community. I hope that, as a community, we come together to protect each other.”
The health investigation is ongoing and officials anticipate providing additional information as it becomes available. A number of cases have been associated with Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church, which recently hosted a testing clinic. Local public health officials expressed appreciation to the congregation for hosting testing onsite and underscored that the results confirm the presence of COVID-19 in the community. Union county also recently entered phase two of reopening and recent holidays, celebrations and community events may further complicate the investigation.
“Many of the recent positive cases are touching various areas of our community and are not confined to one location,” said Carrie “We understand that our community is deeply concerned and we want to assure them we have prepared for the possibility of outbreaks happening and are working closely with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Union County Emergency Management, and other local partners to protect the health and safety of our community.”
Here are the details on the four new deaths:
Oregon’s 177th COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old woman in Clackamas County, who tested positive on June 6 and died on June 12 in her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.
Oregon’s 178th COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old man in Clackamas County, who tested positive on June 5 and died on June 14 in his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.
Oregon’s 179th COVID-19 death is a 65-year-old woman in Clackamas County, who tested positive on June 5 and died on June 12 in her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.
Oregon’s 180th COVID-19 death is a 75-year-old woman in Clackamas County, who tested positive on June 4 and died on June 11 in her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.