COVID-19 claimed eight more lives in Oregon, bringing the state’s pandemic death to 311, health officials reported Wednesday, a day after 14 deaths were recorded.
The Oregon Health Authority also reported 304 new confirmed and presumptive cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total diagnosed with the virus to 17,721 since the start of the pandemic. Multnomah County accounted for 82 new cases, followed by Washington County with 51 and Clackamas County with 28.
Some of Oregon’s largest school districts announced Tuesday ̵1; with many more to wear after Wednesday – that they won’t reopen for in-person instruction until at least November.
The Govt. Kate Brown has announced that benchmarks for coronavirus testing will have to meet for schools to reopen Tuesday afternoon. Almost immediately, a cascade of press releases from Oregon school districts hit email inboxes. Public schools Portland, Salem-Keizer, Beaverton, North Clackamas and Tigard-Tualatin all say they will start the school year online. Chemawa Indian School, the school for Native American students outside Salem, announced its distance learning plan earlier in the week.
Oregon will need a two-metric mix (with limited exceptions) for schools to reopen:
- The county in which the school is located must have 10 or fewer diagnosed cases of coronavirus per 100,000 residents over a seven-day, three-week period.
- The county where the school is located must have a test positivity rate of less than 5% over a period of seven days, three weeks later.
The latest guidelines are subject to change. But at present, Wheeler County is the only county in Oregon that meets state criteria that allow it to completely reopen in-person learning.
Clark County reported 10 additional cases of coronavirus Wednesday and no new deaths. Since the onset of the pandemic, 1,727 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the county and 37 have died.
The latest data available from the Washington Department of Health shows 54,205 cumulative cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and 1,548 deaths.