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Oregon Health Authority reported three new deaths and 277 more cases on Sunday.

COURTESY OHA - The Oregon Health Authority says masks and face coverings are most effective when they cover both your nose and mouth. Remember to wash them regularly, and only wear them once they are completely dry.Days after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown increased safety requirements to slow the spread of COVID-19, the virus has claimed three more lives, raising the state's death toll to 289, the Oregon Health Authority reported on Sunday.

State health experts also reported 277 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 16,758 by July 26. Far more Oregonians — 361,717 — have tested negative, however, the OHA said on Sunday.

Masks, face shields or face coverings are required statewide for indoor public spaces. They include grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more. In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.

And starting July 24, children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Face coverings are also now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can't physically distance. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering.

New cases reported Sunday are in these counties: Baker (3), Benton (1), Clackamas (20), Columbia (2), Coos (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (21), Hood River (1), Jackson (15), Jefferson (5), Klamath (1), Lane (8), Lincoln (1), Linn (5), Malheur (10), Marion (30), Morrow (13), Multnomah (44), Polk (2), Umatilla (43), Wasco (5), Washington (39), and Yamhill (6).

Oregon's 287rd COVID-19 death is a 40-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 1 and died on July 22, at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon's 288th COVID-19 death is a 56-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on July 13 and died on July 23, at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon's 289th COVID-19 death is a 63-year-old woman in Malheur County who tested positive on July 15 and died on July 21, at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario. She had underlying conditions.


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