Coronavirus diagnoses continue to rise in Oregon, and health officials reported 191 new confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. That brings the state total to 7,274 known cases.
Most of the new diagnoses Tuesday come from the Portland metro area, with 44 new cases in Multnomah, 42 in Washington, and 25 in Clackamas counties.
OHA reported a new workplace outbreak at Lamb Weston in Umatilla County with 37 cases. Those cases include employees, household members, and other close contacts.
As new infections increase, the death rate remains stable, with a total of 192 deaths in the state.
As of Tuesday, 184 people were hospitalized with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide, including 28 who are on ventilators. The coronavirus has led to the hospitalization of 983 people in Oregon in the course of the pandemic.
The mask rule goes into effect today
A rule about wearing masks in closed public spaces goes into effect Wednesday in seven Oregon counties: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Hood River, Lincoln, Marion and Polk. It applies to shops, public transport and gyms, among other places.
Clark County deaths reach 29
Health officials in Clark County, Washington on Tuesday reported 16 new confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus. That brings the county’s total cases to 719. Public health officials did not report any additional deaths, with a total retention of 29.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a mandatory mask order Tuesday in response to the increase in the number of cases and the possibility of overwhelming the state’s health system. Starting Friday, June 26, all Washingtonians must wear face masks in public spaces.
The Washington Department of Health reported 29,386 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state and 1,284 known deaths. As of Monday, the coronavirus has led to 4,067 people being hospitalized in Washington.