PORTLAND — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 157, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.
Oregon Health Authority reported 33 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 4,335.
The new cases are in the following counties: Benton (1), Hood River (4), Lincoln (2), Linn (1), Marion (8), Multnomah (10), Umatilla (1), Wasco (2), Washington (4)
Local Lincoln County communities are seeing an uptick in the number of Corona Virus cases. Many medical experts were not surprised commenting earlier that when the Willamette Valley and the Portland Metro empties out onto Oregon beaches, virus infections rise considerably. The rise this time was so quick that it pushed Lincoln County back farther, making their hoped-for “Phase II” status even farther out on the calendar.
Lincoln County medical experts say staying away from crowds, small, medium or large, is the best way to prevent exposure to Covid-19. For locals, it might be a good idea to stay at home on weekends no matter how good the weather, because valley Oregon residents are more packed together and they’ll likely bring the virus with them.
The latest death reports indicate that there were three deaths attributable to the virus over the last 24 hours. All victims had pre-existing medical conditions that quickly took their lives.
Lincoln County Commissioners will be approving new restrictions on visitors to the Lincoln County Courthouse next week. The new rule will be – if you’re going inside the courthouse, wear a face covering (aka facemask). It’s just too crowded in the courthouse to even come close to the six foot rule. Wearing face coverings in the courtrooms are already mandatory every second you’re inside one.