Counties approved to move into next phases of reopening; Mask requirement in several Oregon counties;

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Governor Kate Brown announced today that several counties are approved to move into the next phases of reopening. Marion, Polk, and Hood River Counties are approved to move to Phase 2 beginning Friday, June 19. Marion and Polk Counties are seeing a decline in hospitalizations, and Hood River has had only one new hospital admission in the past two weeks. All three counties have implemented timely follow up on cases in the past week. Multnomah County will move to Phase 1 starting Friday, June 19. While Multnomah County has seen an increase in new cases recently, the county has not experienced an uptrend in new hospital admissions, and overall hospitalizations remain within capacity.

Governor Brown announces mask requirement in multiple Oregon counties
Governor Brown also announced she is instituting a requirement to wear face coverings while in indoor public spaces, such as grocery stores and other businesses, for the following counties: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Hood River, Marion, Polk, and Lincoln. This mandate will be effective beginning Wednesday, June 24.
Wearing face coverings is one of the important health strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19, especially when you are outside your home.

The CDC has helpful information about how to wear a face covering and how to make one out of everyday items you may have in your home.

New outbreak reported
An outbreak of 20 cases of COVID-19 has been reported at Teeny Foods in Multnomah County. The case count includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to an employee. The outbreak investigation started on June 8, but the initial case count was below the threshold for public disclosure.
State and county public health officials are working with this business to address the outbreak and protect the health of workers.

OHA Releases Weekly Report
Today, OHA released its COVID-19 Weekly Report, which outlines data and trends on outbreaks and other epidemiological information collected over the last week. This week’s report shows that during the week from Monday, June 8, through Sunday, June 14, OHA recorded 898 new cases of COVID-19 infection, a 44% increase from the previous week. In that same week, the number of COVID-19 tests reported (24,708) increased substantially (35%) compared to the preceding week while the percentage of tests positive remained approximately the same (3.1% vs. 3.0% during preceding week).

Oregon reports 122 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death
COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 183, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday June 17th.
Oregon Health Authority reported 122 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 bringing the state total to 6,218.
The new cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (17), Deschutes (2), Jackson (2) Josephine (2), Klamath (3), Lake (1), Lincoln (3), Marion (17), Morrow (1), Multnomah (34), Polk (1), Umatilla (12), Union (2), Washington (22).

Notes:
One case previously reported in Linn County was determined not to be a case; the county case count has been adjusted appropriately.
One case previously reported in Hood River County was determined not to be a case; the county case count has been adjusted appropriately.
To see more case and county-level data, go to the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.