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The state's death toll now stands at 204 with Monday's update to Oregon's numbers.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Medical workers wear protective masks, gowns and face shields to protect from infection. The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, is known to spread through respiratory droplets.Two more Oregonians have died of COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority said Monday, June 29.

The deaths of an 84-year-old woman and a 72-year-old man, both residents of Marion County, have raised the official death toll from COVID-19 in Oregon to 204. Both died June 27 and had underlying medical conditions, the OHA said.

Additionally, 146 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Oregon.

Counties with new confirmed or presumptive cases in Monday's update are: Multnomah County with 29; Washington County with 27; Clackamas County with 18; Umatilla County with 15; Marion County with 14; Lane and Wasco counties with six each; Klamath, Malheur and Union counties with five apiece; Jackson and Jefferson counties with three each; Deschutes, Douglas, Lake and Tillamook counties with two apiece; and Josephine and Yamhill counties each with one new case.

The 146 new cases in Monday's update mark a decrease from Saturday and Sunday's new case totals, which were well over 200 each day. But they continue to reflect a trend of significantly higher case counts in the Oregon Health Authority's daily updates in June relative to previous months.

Oregon's first COVID-19 case was detected on Feb. 28 in Washington County.

Also on Monday, Gov. Kate Brown announced that a mask mandate is being extended from major counties like Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Marion counties to cover the entire state. As of Wednesday, July 1, all adults will be expected to wear masks indoors in most public spaces at all times.

Brown warned that if cases and hospitalizations continue to grow on their current trajectory, hospitals in parts of the state could be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

She also raised the possibility of another "statewide shutdown" if Oregon cannot get the situation under control.

"I do not want to have to close down businesses again like other states are now doing. If you want your local shops and restaurants to stay open, then wear a face covering when out in public," Brown stated.

By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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