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Three deaths, two new outbreaks in rural Oregon, including Snake River prison

PMG FILE PHOTO - Cases of COVID-19 were reported at three Lake Oswego senior living facilities., Lake Oswego Review - News  Oregon reported 280 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases Monday, July 13, and three more deaths. Monday's numbers come after a record-breaking spike over the weekend of 409 cases.

The majority of the new cases came from Multnomah County, which accounted for 82 cases. The latest figures came hours after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued new state guidance Monday, requiring masks to be worn in outdoor spaces where physical distancing can't be achieved.

In addition to the new cases, the state recorded two outbreaks of 20 or more people—one at Sherarer's Foods in Umatilla County, where 20 people tested positive, and another at Snake River Correctional Institution in Malheur County.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, 102 cases were reported at the Ontario prison, which borders Idaho. OHA classified the cases as a workplace outbreak and noted the figure includes household members and other close contacts of the employee, but doesn't include anyone who is a resident of Idaho. The state health department noted that laboratories report positive test results to the state where a person lives. OHA noted the agency is "working closely with Idaho to coordinate contact tracing across state lines."

Those who succumbed to the virus include a 67-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on July 8 and died July 11. A 54-year-old man in Umatilla County died July 8 and tested positive post-mortem the following day. The other was a 76-year-old man in Clackamas County who died July 4 after testing positive July 1. Each of the three people died at home and were reported to have underlying health conditions.

To date, 237 people have died from COVID-19 in Oregon.

The latest cases were reported in the following counties: Clackamas (20), Columbia (6), Coos (2), Gilliam (1), Hood River (2), Jackson (3), Klamath (1), Lane (4), Linn (1), Malheur (27), Marion (36), Morrow (9), Multnomah (82), Polk (2), Umatilla (28), Wallowa (1), Washington (47), and Yamhill (8).


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