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The case count grew by 181 in Tuesday's update from the Oregon Health Authority.

PMG FILE PHOTO - In Tuesday's daily update from the Oregon Health Authority, 181 Oregonians have either newly tested positive for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 or are presumed to have COVID-19, the viral illness it causes in humans.Oregon's official death toll from COVID-19 now stands at 207 after three more deaths from the viral illness were reported Tuesday, June 30.

Oregon closes the month of June having more than doubled its case count from the end of May. With 181 new cases reported Tuesday, the state added 4,443 new cases in June, according to state data.

Since the start of the outbreak in late February, the Oregon Health Authority has reported 8,656 cases detected in Oregon.

A 66-year-old woman died Sunday, June 28, and two men, ages 74 and 93, died Monday, June 29, of COVID-19 to bring the Health Authority's running count of deaths to 207. All three were Marion County residents.

Of the new cases reported Tuesday, 38 are in Multnomah County, 25 are in Marion County, 19 are in Clackamas County, 18 are in Washington County, 12 are in Jefferson County, 10 are in Deschutes County, 10 more are in Union County, nine are in Umatilla County, seven are in Lane County, seven more are in Malheur County, five are in Jackson County, four are in Linn County, three are in Klamath County, three more are in Lincoln County, another three are in Yamhill County, two are in Josephine County, two more are in Lake County, another two are in Polk County, and one apiece are in Coos and Wasco counties.

Altogether, 3.6% of Oregonians who have been tested for COVID-19 tested positive, according to the Health Authority.

Starting Wednesday, July 1, facial coverings will be required in virtually all indoor public spaces throughout Oregon by order of Gov. Kate Brown.

Brown said Monday that social distancing, hygiene and masking rules must be followed to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and the state government possibly having to order new closures and restrictions, as it did in March as cases began to mount.

Counties began "reopening" on a case-by-case basis under state-approved plans in mid-May. At the time, state officials said those reopenings likely would lead to higher case numbers that would need to be carefully monitored.

By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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