Oregon reports 9 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 3 new presumptive cases, no new deaths; State Parks slowly re-open

PORTLAND, Ore. — The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged and remains at 137, the Oregon Health Authority reported May 17th.
Oregon Health Authority reported nine new confirmed cases and three new presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 3,623. The new confirmed and presumptive cases reported today are in the following counties: Deschutes (1), Douglas (1), Lincoln (1), Marion (3), Multnomah (5), Polk (1).
Due to data reconciliation, a confirmed case in Clackamas County was determined not to be a case. The number of cases between 40-49 was reduced by one as a result of this change.

OHA is now including the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update in the daily news release. The Daily Update is a detailed look at COVID-19 in Oregon, including testing data, hospital capacity, and cases broken down by demographic information such as age groups, gender, race and ethnicity.

How to safely visit state parks
As parts of Oregon enter phase one of reopening, some state parks are now open for limited day-use. At this time, all overnight camping remains temporarily closed. Before visiting a park, check out the park map at https://bit.ly/oprd-c19map to see the status of all parks and available services and facilities, including hours of operation.
Visitors should expect a different state park experience than they are used to, and will need to prepare by:

  • Staying home if you’re sick.
  • If visiting, staying local and close to home, meaning less than 50 miles in urban areas.
  • Only visiting with members of their household.
  • Bringing all supplies—food, water, hand cleanser—needed for a short trip.
  • If a park appears crowded, leave and come back at another time.

If there’s space at the park, patrons need to visit with care:

  • Wear a face covering. Homemade is fine.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people who aren’t from your household. More is better.
  • Cover your cough with a tissue (then throw it away), or the inside of your elbow.
  • Leave no trace: Pack out everything you bring with you.
  • Stick to low-risk activities to reduce stress on local emergency response and health care systems.
  • Keep your visit short. Restrooms and other buildings may be closed.
  • Watch for signs at the park for more information.
  • Additional information and FAQs are available on the Oregon State Parks COVID-19 page.

Guidance for visiting U-Pick farms
As more and more fresh produce comes into season, you may have wondered about visiting U-Pick farms. This week, the Oregon Department of Agriculture issued guidance and provided some tips for customers to visit safely:

  • Do not come if you are sick, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have come in contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If bringing your own picking containers to the farm, they should be washed, disinfected, and rinsed before arrival. Follow the manufacturer’s label directions. See: https://oda.fyi/CleanDisinfect
  • In order to minimize the risk of acquiring COVID-19, avoid touching your face and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others, unless they are from the same household.
  • Children should stay with parents at all times.
  • Do not eat fruit while picking.
  • Do not touch produce that you will not pick.

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.
Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.