PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The highest daily total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Oregon was reported Sunday by the Oregon Health Authority, bringing the overall total to 4808 as the state slowly reopens.
Health officials reported 146 new confirmed and presumptive cases in 11 counties:
- Lincoln – 61
- Multnomah – 22
- Clackamas – 18
- Hood River – 12
- Marion – 11
- Washington – 8
- Umatilla – 5
- Yamhill – 4
- Deschutes – 2
- Wasco – 2
- Linn – 1
A 71-year-old Malheur County man, who tested positive on June 1, died. He is the 164th death recorded from COVID-19 in Oregon.
OHA said the high number of confirmed cases is due to more testing, more contact tracing, better monitoring of active cases and workplace outbreaks.
Investigators began looking into an outbreak of 65 cases at Pacific Seafood in Lincoln County. Since OHA’s Sunday announcement of this outbreak, Lincoln County Public Health said Sunday evening that there are now a total of 124 confirmed positive cases at the seafood plant. County public health plans to hold a press conference on this issue Monday afternoon, June 7, in partnership with OHA and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
OHA is now reporting outbreaks of more than 5 cases in workplaces with more than 30 people.
Authorities said the 22 cases in Multnomah County were from “sporadic sources,” while the 12 Hood River cases are connected to seasonal agricultural facilities.
However, health officials said Oregon’s overall infection rate “remains among the lowest in the United States.” They remind people to maintain social distancing, wear face masks and wash your hands.
In Washington, the state Department of Health reported that a total of 23,729 cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed. The virus has claimed the lives of 1,159 people in the state.