PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Multnomah County is continuing to see spread of COVID-19 among young adults, with social gatherings to blame, Lead Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines said during a press conference on Monday.
Despite the continuing spread, Dr. Vines said she doesn’t see the county going back into a shutdown.
“I don’t foresee a Multnomah County stay at home order in the near future,” Dr. Vines said.
The county is currently seeing around 72 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, no where near they need to be in order to reopen in-person learning at schools, Dr. Vines said.
The Oregon mandated metric for reopening schools is 10 cases per 100,000 people. That’s about 81 cases per week in the county. The county hasn’t been below 10 cases per 100,000 since the week of May 17.
“A lot would have to happen for us to get that low,” Dr. Vines said. She said she is still optimistic and that using face masks is the best way to get there.
The county has not seen a spike related to the protests. “We can say pretty confidently, no, they don’t seem to be related,” Dr. Vines said.
With 285 new confirmed/presumptive cases of COVID-19 recorded Sunday, Oregon’s cumulative total now stands at 19,097 since the pandemic began. Multnomah County had the second-highest number of reported cases on Sunday.
Marion County recorded 53 new cases Sunday, the most of the 22 counties with cases. Multnomah and Washington counties were close with 48 and 47 respectively. Clackamas County had 26 cases and Umatilla County — which was rolled back to Baseline status on Friday — recorded another 20.
Other counties reporting cases Sunday are: Benton (1), Clatsop (2), Deschutes (8), Douglas (4), Hood River (4), Jackson (15), Jefferson (7), Josephine (2), Lane (7), Linn (4), Malheur (10), Morrow (8), Polk (2), Sherman (1), Tillamook (4), Wasco (3) and Yamhill (9).
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