Oregon COVID-19 updates June 26: Second-highest number of new cases reported

As COVID-19 continues to impact Oregon and Southwest Washington, get the latest updates here.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cases of COVID-19 began popping up in the United States in January. The first case in Oregon was reported on Feb. 28.

We’ve been posting a daily blog to track the changes in Oregon and Southwest Washington as we get them. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LATEST UPDATES


As of this evening:

*Data as of Thursday


10:45 p.m.

  • The Oregon Legislature wrapped up what the Senate president called “an impossible and historic session” Friday after passing a slew of bills, most dealing with police accountability and the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more
  • Sixteen people living in Portland-area homeless shelters have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and the director of the Joint Office of Homeless Services said he’s relieved that number has remained low. Learn more
  • People in Clatsop County will be required to wear face masks in public indoor spaces beginning Wednesday, July 1. The county, home to popular beach spots like Seaside, Cannon Beach and Astoria, will be the eighth county in Oregon to fall under the face mask mandate. Learn more
  • A statewide order requiring face masks in Washington went into effect Friday. Learn more
  • After receiving a recommendation from county health officer and Public Health director Alan Melnick earlier this week, Clark County applied Friday to move into Phase 3 of Washington’s four-phased reopening plan. Learn more
  • Health officials on Friday announced there are 250 new COVID-19 cases in Oregon, the second-highest daily total so far during the pandemic. In addition to the high case count, the Oregon Health Authority said five more people have died from the coronavirus. That’s the most deaths reported in a single day since June 9. Learn more
  • New projections released Friday by Oregon Health Authority provide a grim forecast for the direction of the COVID-19 pandemic over the next month in Oregon. The most likely scenarios forecast between 900 and 4,800 new infections per day over the next month, and 27 to 82 new hospitalizations per day by July 16. Learn more
  • The White House coronavirus task force gathered Friday for its first public briefing in nearly two months, signaling a recognition that the administration’s can’t ignore the alarming increases. The briefing came as the number of confirmed new coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 40,000, eclipsing the mark set during the deadliest stretch in late April. Learn more
  • Oregon’s temporary ban on commercial and residential evictions ends Tuesday, June 30 but lawmakers in Salem will soon vote on whether to extend the ban through September. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the moratorium earlier this year to help people during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more

Yesterday’s top stories

  • Beginning today in Washington, face masks will be mandatory statewide in public, both indoors and outdoors, when it’s impossible to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others. Learn more
  • There are 28 active COVID-19 workplace outbreaks in Oregon, and the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem and Pacific Seafood in Newport still have the most total cases. Learn more
  • Some Woodburn residents are not happy with the decision to make a Super 8 hotel a COVID-19 isolation center because they say it is too close to senior living facilities. Learn more
  • Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced she will commute the prison sentences of 57 people who are deemed medically vulnerable to COVID-19. The individuals “do not present an unacceptable public safety risk,” Brown said. Learn more
  • The Oregon Health Authority released new face covering guidance for all Oregonians, regardless of the county in which they live. Everyone is urged to wear a mask or face covering in all indoor public spaces. Seven Oregon counties are requiring face masks to be worn at indoor businesses.

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