OHA reports 346 more COVID-19 cases and six more deaths
The day after revising its face-covering guidance, the Oregon Health Authority reported 346 new cases of COVID-19 and six new deaths from the virus.
The new cases announced on Tuesday, Oct. 20, raise the state total to 40,136. The additional deaths increase the total to 40,136.
On Monday, state health officials required people wear face coverings "in all private and public workplaces including classrooms, offices, meeting rooms, and workspaces, unless someone is alone in an office or in a private workspace."
Face coverings are also now required in indoor and outdoor markets, street fairs, private career schools and public and private colleges and universities.
OHA also said face coverings are better than face shields, except for those instances when, for instance, someone who is deaf or hearing impaired needs to read lips.
The health officials also repeated their earlier advice — stay 6 feet or more away, avoid large gatherings, limit social gatherings and wash your hands frequently.
The new cases were reported on Oct. 20 in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (28), Columbia (1), Coos (3), Crook (2), Deschutes (3), Douglas (9), Harney (2), Hood River (1), Jackson (10), Jefferson (4), Klamath (4), Lane (42), Linn (13), Malheur (11), Marion (38), Morrow (2), Multnomah (101), Polk (6), Umatilla (10), Wasco (2), Washington (44) and Yamhill (7).
Oregon's 628th COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on Oct. 2 and died on Oct. 17 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon's 629th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old man in Josephine County who tested positive on Oct. 9 and died on Oct. 15 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon's 630th COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Sept. 3 and died on Oct. 14 in her residence. She did not have underlying conditions.
Oregon's 631st COVID-19 death is a 56-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Aug. 29 and died on Oct. 18 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon's 632nd COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Oct. 10 and died Oct. 17 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon's 633rd COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Sept. 29 and died on Oct. 17 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
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