PORTLAND, Ore. — The first presumptive case of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was identified in Oregon on Friday, February 28 in Washington County, after several days of tense watching and waiting as cases appeared in neighboring Washington and California.
To keep you informed, here's everything that's happened since then, with daily updates from state and local health officials.
I understand how eager teachers, students, and parents are to hear their schools' plans for fall. We know kids do better learning in-person...yet in-person classes could spread COVID-19. These requirements will help school districts make the most informed, safe decisions. pic.twitter.com/lxZzLMn3PW— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) July 28, 2020
The best thing we can do for the health of our children, and for the thousands of educators across Oregon, is to give everyone certainty by announcing the decision today to close in-person classes for the remainder of the school year. https://t.co/lI3IYri6f7— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) April 8, 2020
I know our students have worked hard this school year, and we’re doing everything we can to help them safely finish their learning.— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) March 19, 2020
But we’re also learning more about COVID-19 every day, and social distancing is key to keeping Oregonians safe. https://t.co/rHt6VSsDUn
I have declared a state of emergency, in consultation with @OHAOregon, to ensure that we are able to swiftly and fully deploy the personnel and resources necessary to address coronavirus in Oregon. https://t.co/tS37psLkIH— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) March 8, 2020
We know you’re interested in staying up to date on case counts, which is why we want to share the latest results from the #Oregon State Public Health Laboratory with you. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/ct57wnTysO— OR Health Authority (@OHAOregon) March 4, 2020
Monday, August 3
- Oregon's coronavirus test positivity rate spikes to 6.1 percent, a high not seen since the beginning of Oregon's outbreak in March. The development is bad news for schools that are looking to reopen with in-person classes just a few weeks from now, with a statewide positivity metric of 5 percent or lower.
Saturday, August 1
- Jackson County reports another record breaking day when it comes to the daily case count. On Saturday, the county reported 18 new cases of COVID-19.
Friday, July 31
- Josephine County reports its second death attributed to coronavirus, the 4th in southern Oregon. Public health officials say this was a 33-year-old man who was not a county resident, but who was added to the county's case count after falling ill and testing positive in Grants Pass.
Thursday, July 30
- Governor Brown updates the state's county "watch list" for COVID-19 spread. The updated list includes Baker, Hood River, Jefferson, Lake, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Umatilla, and Wasco counties.
Wednesday, July 29
- Jackson County public health officials report the first coronavirus-related death of a county resident, a 65-year-old man.
Tuesday, July 28
- The Oregon Health Authority reports 14 new coronavirus-related deaths, the highest daily death toll since the pandemic began. Total deaths statewide surpass 300.
- Governor Brown and state officials describe the new state metrics for allowing in-person schooling, including a baseline of 5 percent COVID-19 test positivity rate both statewide and at the county level.
Monday, July 27
- Governor Kate Brown announces a coming press conference, set for Tuesday, to outline new statewide metrics for allowing in-person learning based on the spread of coronavirus both statewide and in individual counties.
- A group of Oregon teachers and supporters hold a caravan protest in Salem, demanding that in-person classes be canceled until counties see a sustained drop in COVID-19 cases.
- Three southern Oregon counties report new COVID-19 cases, including 11 cases in Jackson County, 8 cases in Josephine County, and two cases in Klamath County.
Sunday, July 26
- Jackson County public health officials report a workplace outbreak of COVID-19 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, among 15 new cases reported on Sunday.
Friday, July 24
- The Oregon Health Authority reports its highest daily death toll since the pandemic began, with 9 fatalities. There are now 282 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the state.
- New face statewide face covering requirements, including for children ages 5 and up, go into effect. Indoor gathering limits and restaurant hours are reduced.
Wednesday, July 22
- Governor Brown announces that face covering requirements will be expanded to include children age 5 and older, a mandate that also extends to state guidance for school districts.
- New restrictions also mandate mask use in gyms, even while exercising, reduces indoor gathering limits to 100, and changes the curfew for bars and restaurants to 10 p.m. statewide.
Tuesday, July 21
- Oregon officials announce that they will begin allowing "limited" outdoor visits to residents in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, once facilities develop a plan to facilitate visits while observing coronavirus precautions.
Sunday, July 19
- The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 436 new cases of coronavirus along with three new deaths. The total number of coronavirus cases in the state now sits at 14,579 with the death toll rising to 260.
- Jackson County Public Health is reporting 16 new cases for today, Sunday July 19th. NewsWatch 12 did confirm with Jackson County Public Health officials that today's new case count is the highest number of new cases reported in a single day. The previous record was reported on July 2nd with 15 new cases.
Saturday, July 18
- The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 353 new cases of coronavirus along with three new deaths. The total number of coronavirus cases in the state now sits at 14,149 with the death toll rising to 257.
Friday, July 17
- College fall sports will be "delayed" until at least winter or spring due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, the Cascade Collegiate Conference announced on Friday.
- Families of students who attend McLoughlin Middle School's summer school were notified on Thursday of "potential exposure" to COVID-19 for a group of students and staff.
- Governor Gavin Newsome announces many California schools will not be reopening for in-person education when the school year resumes in the fall. Private and public schools in counties on California's coronavirus monitoring list must stay closed under the governor's new guidance. Thirty-three of California's 58 counties, representing more than 80% of the state's population, are on the watch list.
Thursday, July 16
- Oregon once again broke a record for daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, after the Oregon Health Authority reported 437 new confirmed and presumptive cases. Two more deaths were also reported in the update. There have now been 13,509 total coronavirus cases in the state with 209 total deaths attributed to the virus.
Wednesday, July 15
- Rite Aid announced on Wednesday that it will add 161 drive-through coronavirus testing locations throughout the country, including multiple sites in Oregon. There will be 15 Oregon testing locations, including sites in Phoenix, Klamath Falls, and Roseburg.
Tuesday, July 14
- Medford School District announced plans for returning students to school in the 2020-2021 school year. These plans include pushing the starting date for school back to September 7th and plans for how the students will learn being in person, virtually online, or a hybrid approach.
- The Oregon Employment Department reports that employers added back nearly one-third of the jobs that were cut in March and April when the coronavirus pandemic restrictions first went into place. More than 56,000 people got jobs during the month of June. That followed a gain of 26,100 jobs in May.
- The Oregon Legislative Emergency Board approved more than $200 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund for Oregonians and small businesses in need on Tuesday.
Monday, July 13
- California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday announced he is ordering the closure of bars, wineries and indoor restaurant dining statewide as cases of the coronavirus continue to spike in California.
- Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced on Monday that she will be issuing a statewide ban on indoor social get-togethers of more than 10 people, putting more force behind the OHA request. The mandate does not apply to businesses or churches "at this time," Brown said.
Sunday, July 12
- The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 332 new coronavirus cases on Sunday along with two new deaths. This brings the state total for coronavirus cases to 12,170 and with the death toll rising to 234.
Saturday, July 11
- The Britt Festival Orchestra goes online this July and August. The festival will have performances from past summers with Music Director Teddy Abrams. BFOnline will feature five recordings, preceded by a discussion about the recorded work with Abrams, members of the BFO, and select guest artists and composers.
- The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 409 new cases of coronavirus in the state on Saturday marking the single-day high for new cases since the pandemic began. The state total for cases now sits at 11,851. The OHA says part of the increase in cases is due to a new reporting system. In the process of transitioning to the new system, it prevented the processing of positive cases for a few hours on Thursday. Those cases are included in Saturday's count.
Friday, July 10
- Emergency grant funds for struggling small businesses in Jackson County have more than doubled following an infusion from the state's economic development agency, Business Oregon. The program originally had grants in the sum of $145,000, but an infusion of $210,000 from Business Oregon recently came through.
- Following enforcement measures over the Fourth of July weekend, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) said reports on nine bars and restaurants that violated social distancing or face covering requirements will be sent on to OSHA for possible penalties.
- The Oregon Health Authority is urging Oregonians to limit social gatherings to ten people or less due to a concerning recent upward trend in coronavirus cases.
- The Pac-12 CEO group announced on Friday that the fall season for several Pac-12 sports will be limited to conference games only.
Thursday, July 9
- The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 389 new cases of coronavirus in the state on Thursday marking the single-day high for new cases since the pandemic began. Six more deaths are being reported on Thursday as well. There have now been a total of 11,188 positive COVID-19 cases and 230 deaths in the state.
- After unprecedented nationwide layoffs due to the pandemic, a new study shows Oregon leads the nation in falling unemployment claims.
- The Democratic leaders for both chambers of the Oregon legislature proposed on Thursday that the state distribute $500 "emergency relief checks" to Oregonians who have applied for unemployment benefits but still have not received them.
Wednesday, July 8
- Representative Greg Walden says firefighting will look different during the pandemic. Firefighters will need to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Huge fire camps are also not going to be used this year. Different Firefighter groups will be spread out.
Monday, July 6
- Oregon health officials warned even before the state began its reopening process that there would be rising cases of coronavirus as testing expanded. However, new data suggests not only are cases spiking, but the rate of positive cases out of total tests has been steadily climbing since reopening began in earnest.
Sunday, July 5
- The Oregon Health Authority announced 301 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with two new deaths. The total number of cases in the state is now 10,230 with 215 deaths attributed to the virus.
Saturday, July 4
- The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 303 new cases of COVID-19 along with 4 new deaths. The state number of cases now sits at 9,930 along with the death toll rising to 213.
Friday, July 3
- The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 344 new cases of coronavirus in the state bringing the total to 9,636. The OHA also released a table showing recent trends by county. Jackson County had a case rate of 21.47 per 100,000 population, and a sporadic case rate of 8.4. Josephine County had a more modest case rate of 17.55, but a much higher sporadic rate of 16.38. Klamath County, which has seen a boom in cases since reopening with a case rate of 82.94, but a sporadic cast rate of 16.59.
- Governor Kate Brown has introduced a COVID-19 “Watch List” for counties seeing large spikes in coronavirus cases. Counties on the watch list will be monitored in the days ahead while the OHA and local public health officials work on controlling the spread. Brown's office said that these counties could see business closures or a smaller gathering size limit. The eight counties included on the list are Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wasco.
Thursday, July 2
- Oregon health officials are reporting 375 new cases of coronavirus along with one new death. There are now 9,294 cases and 209 deaths attributed to the virus. The 375 new cases today set the record for new cases in a day in Oregon.
- Officials with Jackson County Public Health reported 15 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest single-day increase in the county since the outbreak reached southern Oregon.
- Following her announcement earlier this week that face covering requirements would apply statewide, Governor Kate Brown also unveiled an ad campaign advocating for their use, dubbed "A Mask is Just a Mask."
Wednesday, July 1
- The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 281 new cases of coronavirus in the state along with one new death. This update brings the state total to 8,931 cases with 208 deaths. The 281 new cases reported today is the single highest daily increase in Oregon since the pandemic began.
- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered bars and indoor operations of restaurants to close for the next three weeks in most parts of the state. The order applies to 19 counties covering 72 percent of the state’s population.
- Klamath County Public Health Officials are reporting one new death due to complications from the coronavirus. This is only the second fatality due to coronavirus in southern Oregon.
Tuesday, June 30
- Governor Kate Brown said on Tuesday that she has extended the coronavirus state of emergency declaration for an additional 60 days, until the beginning of September — delivering a message to Oregonians that they "have a choice" to help save lives in the coming days.
Monday, June 29
- Beginning on July 1, face coverings will be required in indoor public spaces throughout the state of Oregon. Widespread use of face coverings could help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and may help prevent the state from having to roll back reopening phases as some other states have done, according to the Governor's office.
- Jackson and Josephine county officials held a joint press conference on Monday to discuss a sharp rise in cases in recent weeks. In the past week alone, Josephine County had 11 new cases while Jackson County identified 18 new cases. Contact tracing from many of the recent Rogue Valley cases have a culprit in common, officials said — a combination of travel and socializing without proper precautions.
Sunday, June 28
- The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 247 new cases of coronavirus in the state with no new deaths. There have now been 8,341 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state with 202 deaths attributed to the virus.
- Jackson County public health officials announce nine new cases of coronavirus, this brings total number of cases in the county to 109.
- Governor Kate Brown announces she’ll call a second special legislative session this summer. The goal of the second special session will be to fix a state budget wrecked by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis and to discuss using coronavirus relief funds to help support the Black community and working people. The second session is set to take place in late July or early August.
Saturday, June 27
- The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 277 new cases of coronavirus in the state. There have now been 8,095 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Oregon. One new death is also being reported in the state on Saturday, but due to a previous error in reporting, the death toll remains at 202.
Friday, June 26
- The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 250 new cases of coronavirus in the state along with five new deaths. There have now been 7.818 confirmed cases in the state with 202 total deaths attributed to the virus.
- A new viral modeling report suggests that coronavirus is spreading more rapidly in Oregon, according to a statement released by the Oregon Health Authority on Friday. According to the report, transmission rates increased 15 percent after May 15, and 10 percent more after May 22, based on hospitalization data in the state.
Thursday, June 25
- Following a statewide order issued by California Governor Gavin Newsome requiring face coverings in public, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey states enforcement of the rule is a possibility.
- Governor Kate Brown announced on Thursday that she has commuted the prison sentences of 57 "medically vulnerable" inmates in the state corrections system due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus.
Wednesday, June 24
- Access announced on Wednesday that it is now accepting applications from human services agencies and non-profits for rental assistance programs after receiving $805,000 in federal CARES Act funding. These funds are designated to provide rental help to residents of Jackson County who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
- Multiple baseball tournaments are set to take place this weekend at U.S. Cellular Fields. These are the first baseball tournaments to take place in the Rogue Valley since the pandemic began. The City of Medford says they’re doing their best to follow guidelines set forth by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
Tuesday, June 23
- A statewide public health order is requiring people in Washington state to wear facial coverings in most indoor and outdoor public settings.
- The City of Ashland will offer $140,000 in grants to struggling small businesses and non-profit organizations after receiving matching funds from the state, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce announced on Tuesday. "The purpose is to provide financial assistance to small businesses and non-profits adversely affected by economic conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic that have not received federal emergency assistance under the federal CARES Act or other federal program for emergency pandemic funding," the Chamber said.
- The Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility is once again allowing visitors on the premises.
Monday, June 22
- The Southern Oregon University Raiders announce a reduction in the 2020 football season from 10 to 8 games.
- Starting this week, Southern Oregon nursing homes must test their staff for coronavirus. New Oregon health regulations will also require that testing be offered to residents of all assisted living homes.
Sunday, June 21
- The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 190 new coronavirus cases across the state on Sunday along with one new death. There are now 6,937 confirmed cases in the state along with 190 deaths attributed to the virus.
Saturday, June 20
- Jackson, Klamath, and Siskiyou counties all report new cases of coronavirus on Saturday. In the region, Jackson County has 85 cases (65 recovered), Klamath County has 85 cases (40 recovered), Josephine County has 26 cases (22 recovered, 1 death), Curry County has 7 cases (7 recovered), Siskiyou County has 21 cases (11 recovered), and Lake County has 6 cases.
Friday, June 19
- The City of Medford approved plans to allocate more than $400,000 in CARES Act funding at a city council meeting on Thursday night. The Medford allocations are largely aimed at helping families and individuals most affected by the far-reaching impacts of coronavirus and the resulting shutdowns.
- The Oregon Shakespeare Festival held annual Juneteenth celebrations virtually today. “The Juneteenth celebration here at OSF is always joyous and it’s always full of creativity and even though we’re not seeing people live and in-person, it’s no less creative,” said Christina Clark, an actor and producer for the Juneteenth virtual event.
Thursday, June 18
- Klamath County public health officials announce 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. This brings the county total to 79 cases.
- California will require people to wear masks in most indoor settings and outdoors when distancing isn’t possible under a statewide order issued Thursday.
Wednesday, June 17
- Following a COVID-19 outbreak in which 236 people have tested positive for the virus, Union County officials are asking residents to voluntarily return to Phase I guidelines, despite the county being in Phase II.
- Governor Kate Brown announces that Oregon’s next steps going forward will include a requirement to wear face coverings in public for some counties following a spike in coronavirus cases over the past several weeks.
Tuesday, June 16
- Oregon released its COVID-19 testing plan for long term care facilities on Tuesday. The plan is divided in two phases, unfolding over the next three to four months throughout the state. In phase one, all staff and residents of long-term care facilities will be tested from late June through late September. In the second phase, facilities will implement plans for ongoing monitoring.
- Oregon public health officials report 278 new cases of coronavirus in the state as of Tuesday morning — for the second day in a row setting a single-day high for new cases following several record jumps over the past week. The state also reported that two more deaths have occurred due to COVID-19. At present, 182 deaths have been attributed to the virus.
- Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday announced that she will convene a special session of the state legislature to address both COVID-19 and police accountability measures. “We are at a unique moment in America,” Brown said. “I am calling a special session to take up two urgent issues facing our state: the COVID-19 pandemic and police accountability.”
- The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles reports a large backlog amid reopening in Oregon. In two weeks of reopening, the DMV has received 130,000 appointment requests.
Monday, June 15
- Oregon public health officials reported 184 new cases of the new coronavirus in the state as of Monday morning — a new single-day high for new cases following several record jumps over the past week. There are also four new deaths being attributed to the virus. There are now 5,820 confirmed or presumptive cases in the state along with 180 deaths attributed to the virus.
- The Oregon Health Authority states a portion of the record increase of coronavirus cases is due to an outbreak in Union County in the rural northeastern part of the state, where 99 people tested positive for COVID-19.
Sunday, June 14
- The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 101 new cases of coronavirus in Oregon along with two new deaths. The total number of cases in the state is now 5,636 with 176 deaths attributed to the virus.
Saturday, June 13
- The Oregon Health Authority announce 158 confirmed and presumptive cases of coronavirus on Saturday. This is the second highest daily count since the onset of the pandemic. There was also one new death on Saturday, bringing the state total to 174.
Friday, June 12
- The City of Medford announced on Friday that it will reopen public park playgrounds and splash pads this weekend, though the Jackson pool will remain closed for the summer.
- The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Governor Kate Brown’s coronavirus restrictions. In May, a lawsuit was filed by a coalition of Oregon churches, individuals, and businesses claiming Governor Brown’s executive orders were unconstitutional.
Thursday, June 11
- Jackson County Fair has announced it will support livestock and 4h projects, while cancelling all other aspects of the fair. "We would love to be able to create a fair for all families to come and enjoy during the 2020 season but there is still some research-based guidance that says it is not advisable to create such a gathering," Expo director Helen Funk said in a statement.
- Two local companies are reporting coronavirus outbreaks. Harry & David is reporting 5 new cases, three of which are employees and two that came in close contact with employees. OSHA is also reporting 6 cases connected to Timber Products in Medford.
- Governor Kate Brown on Thursday called for a "yellow light" in Oregon's reopening process as several counties see a continued spike in new coronavirus cases — essentially pressing the pause button on a handful counties that have working toward a new phase over the last several weeks.
Wednesday, June 10
- The Oregon Department of Education is asking districts to decide how to proceed with schooling next year. Individual districts will be allowed to determine if classes will be held in the school, at home through distance learning, or through a 'hybrid model.'
- Jackson County public health officials reported six new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, five of them linked to an outbreak at Harry & David. Jackson County Public Health said that three employees of Harry & David were positive for the virus, in addition to two close contacts of those workers. An outbreak investigation began on Tuesday.
Tuesday, June 9
- Multiple employees at Harry & David's campus in Medford have tested positive for coronavirus, the company's corporate offices confirmed on Tuesday. "We are actively working with the Jackson County Health Department in regards to positive cases of COVID-19 within the specialty foods area of the Harry & David campus," said Kathleen Waugh, vice president of Enterprise Public Relations.
- Oregon is working on a plan to conduct comprehensive coronavirus testing "on all residents and staff" of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in the state, according to a statement from Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday.
Monday, June 8
- The Oregon Health Authority reports another 114 new and presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Monday bringing the state total to 4,922. The OHA believes the large spike in new cases can be partly attributed to workplace outbreaks.
- Local food banks are seeing a drastic rise in need due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sunday, June 7
- Crater Lake National Park will reopen on Monday. This includes access to recreational areas such as park trails.
- The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 156 new cases of coronavirus. This is the highest daily total being reported since the OHA started keeping track of cases in March. One more death is also being reported today, bringing the state total to 164.
Saturday, June 6
- Multnomah County officials submitted reopening framework to Gov. Kate Brown’s office Friday in the hope of beginning phase 1 of the state’s plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Multnomah County is currently the only county in Oregon not in Phase I.
Friday, June 5
- California will begin allowing the reopening of schools, day camps, bars, gyms and some professional sports with modifications at the end of next week.
Thursday, June 4
- According to a list from the Governor's office, Jackson, Curry, Klamath, Lake and Douglas counties have been approved to enter Phase II of reopening beginning on Friday, June 5.
Wednesday, June 3
- The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced Tuesday that it will lay off 47 full-time employees by June 30. That's in addition to the 338 seasonal staff that will not be rehired this year. All due to an estimated $22 million shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Governor Brown outlines in a press conference what Phase II of reopening will look like. According to Governor Brown, a few components of Phase II include the reopening of some entertainment facilities, gatherings can be larger, and extended operating hours of restaurants and bars.
Tuesday, June 2
- The Oregon Health authority announced 33 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday along with three new deaths. The total number of cases in the state now sits at 4,335 with 157 deaths attributed to the virus.
- Josephine County officials have submitted their plan for entering Phase II of loosening coronavirus restrictions. The letter was sent to Governor Kate Brown's office on Tuesday. Josephine County said that it has a team of 20 contact tracers, two of whom are Spanish speakers. The County also said that it runs an average of 317 tests per week, exceeding the Oregon Health Authority's minimum.
Monday, June 1
- The Jackson County Board of Commissioners has submitted its request to Governor Kate Brown's office to enter Phase II of reopening. In order to meet Phase II requirements, the county must meet criteria of assurances that local first responders have enough personal protective equipment (PPE), a required number of contact tracers, and meeting all existing requirements from Phase I.
- With unemployment claims from thousands of Oregonians still unprocessed following the lay-off boom caused by the state's coronavirus response, Governor Kate Brown announced on Sunday that she has replaced the head of the agency that has struggled to address the backlog. “In the middle of this pandemic, the continued delays from the Oregon Employment Department in delivering unemployment insurance benefits to thousands of out-of-work Oregonians are unacceptable,” said Governor Brown.
Sunday, May 31
- Public health officials have announced 58 new cases of COVID-19 with no new deaths. The total number of coronavirus cases in the state is now 4,243 with the death toll remaining at 153.
Saturday, May 30
- The Oregon Health Authority announces 55 new cases of coronavirus along with two new deaths. This raises the total number of cases in the state to 4,185 with 153 deaths.
Friday, May 29
- Oregon Governor Kate Brown announces more than $30 million to help protect Oregon farmworkers from coronavirus. This comes after several of the states recent large outbreaks have been among seasonal workers. “The agricultural work environment can put them at higher risk of infection from a communicable disease like COVID-19, and we need to do everything we can to reduce that risk” said OHA director Patrick Allen.
Thursday, May 28
- A majority of COVID-19 carriers could be asymptomatic, this includes children. According to Dr. Grant Niskanen, even though it’s rare for children to show symptoms of coronavirus, this does not mean they are immune. “In New York City, they estimate about 400,000 children became infected with COVID-19, that’s still quite a small percentage when you look at the size of New York City, about 8.5 million people,” said Dr. Niskanen. Children are not the only asymptomatic carriers of the disease. Dr. Niskanen added “A study came out of China today and the cruise lines as well, that 80% of people may be asymptomatic with the COVID-19 virus.”
Wednesday, May 27
- Two southern Oregon churches have filed a new lawsuit, this time in federal court, against Governor Kate Brown — alleging that her coronavirus restrictions unfairly target faith-based organizations. The two churches in Josephine and Douglas counties are represented by attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a Christian nonprofit advocacy group based in Arizona.
- Jackson County reports five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 65. Out of the 65 cases, Jackson County says 47 have recovered.
- Members of the Oregon National Guard delivered shipments containing roughly 135,000 face coverings to the state fairgrounds in Salem on Wednesday. These face coverings will be distributed out to farm workers around the state.
Tuesday, May 26
- Siskiyou County has entered a new phase of reopening as of Tuesday according to public health officials. Under the guidelines, places of worship, retail stores, and hair salons can reopen with specific precautions.
- The Baker County Judge who ruled Governor Brown’s executive orders weren’t lawful is standing by his decision. Because he chose to uphold his ruling, according to the Supreme Court, Baker County Judge Matthew Shirtcliff will need to give the state and churches involved in the lawsuit additional opportunities to make their arguments and explain why he is upholding his judgment.
- Lake County has confirmed it’s first case of COVID-19. Every county in Southern Oregon now has had at least one case of coronavirus since the outbreak began.
Monday, May 25
- Memorial Day ceremonies were held without crowds on Monday in an effort to honor the fallen despite the coronavirus.
Sunday, May 24
- The Oregon Health Authority is announcing 46 new cases of coronavirus statewide along with one new death. The total number of cases in the state now sits at 3,927 with 148 deaths attributed to coronavirus.
- The Oregon Supreme Court is giving the Baker County judge who ruled Governor Kate Brown’s executive orders “null and void,” until Tuesday to toss out his ruling. If the Baker County Circuit Judge declines to vacate the order, he must explain why. He must also give the state and churches who sued over the stay-at-home order an opportunity to make further arguments.
Saturday, May 23
- Jackson County announces two more cases of coronavirus bringing the county total to 57. Of the 57 confirmed cases, 46 have fully recovered.
Friday, May 22
- The Ashland Art Center announced on Friday that it will be closing its doors and "will not be re-opening.” Despite the closure of the Art Center building, the nonprofit Ashland Art Center Organization plans to continue, entering "a voluntary state of dormancy." They hope to restructure the organization to support artists in the community through other means.
- Jackson County reports two new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Health officials urge people to recognize the virus still poses a risk even as restrictions are being lifted. "Everyone taking preventative action will help to protect the health and wellness of the community and it will also help keep Jackson County open," officials said.
Thursday, May 21
- An inmate at Oregon's maximum-security State Penitentiary has died after testing positive for the new coronavirus, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC). According to the agency, 38 DOC employees and 148 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 throughout the state since the outbreak began.
- The temporary rule change enacted in March allowing for self-service pumping at gas stations will end this weekend according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Wednesday, May 20
- The CDC released a 60-page document with guidelines on how to reopen America with the coronavirus. Part of the guidelines pertained to schools. Oregon Department of Education Communications Director Marc Siegel announced "ODE is creating a plan for the 2020-2021 school year and will finalize and release the plan in June. As you can imagine, this is a complex undertaking with many moving parts as we work to ensure care, connection, and continuity of learning for Oregon's students."
Tuesday, May 19
- The Oregon Supreme Court has issued a stay on the Monday Circuit Court ruling that temporarily rendered Governor Kate Brown's coronavirus restrictions "null and void." “Following swift action by the Oregon Supreme Court, my emergency orders to protect the health and safety of Oregonians will remain in effect statewide while the court hears arguments in this lawsuit," Governor Brown said in a statement.
Monday, May 18
- A county judge has effectively suspended Governor Kate Brown's coronavirus-related executive orders while presiding over a lawsuit brought by Oregon churches and other individuals. Brown's lawyers requested a 48-hour hold on the judge's Monday decision, but the Baker County judge denied the request. According to attorney Ray Hacke, this makes Brown's coronavirus orders "null and void" effective immediately. The decision will be immediately appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court.
- The unemployment rate in Oregon has topped 14 percent after massive job losses that began in March due to the state's coronavirus restrictions, according to the Oregon Employment Department. At the beginning of March, state unemployment was at a near record low of 3.5 percent. By the end of April, unemployment sat at 14.2 percent. This marks the highest rate and over-month increase in unemployment since comparable records began in 1976.
Sunday, May 17
- Oregon public health officials are reporting 9 new confirmed cases and 3 new presumptive cases of COVID-19 with no new deaths. The statewide total of cases now sits at 3,623.
- Oregon has received shipments of the experimental COVID-19 drug remdesivir. Providence St. Vincent and Providence Portland medical centers are conducting their own clinical trials with the drug. The hospitals have tested 30 patients.
- The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) says its vehicle inspection stations will remain closed until May 31st. The DEQ has asked law enforcement to exercise discretion when it comes to driver's licenses, vehicle registrations and trip permits that expire during the coronavirus emergency declared by Governor Brown.
- Kroger, the parent company of grocer Fred Meyer, has announced it will provide “thank you” payments to hourly employees after a union outcry over the company ending a $2 per hour pay bump it implemented amid the coronavirus pandemic. Officials said Friday bonus payments of $400 and $200 for full- and part-time employees will be paid in two installments in May and June.
Saturday, May 16
- The Oregon Health Authority reports 64 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, 7 new presumptive cases, and no new deaths. The total number of confirmed cases in the state is up to 3,612 and number of negative tests is 88,587.
- Hundreds of people gathered at the Jackson County Courthouse to speak up for their first amendment rights at a Faith and Freedom Rally on Saturday. Organizers say that the rally was not about being affiliated with any party, but about wanting their freedoms back.
Friday, May 15
- California tells hospitals to consider having a lottery for sought after COVID-19 drug. The drug remdesivir is considered the new “standard of care” for patients according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, although there is not nearly enough to go around. The federal government this week sent the California Department of Public Health enough medicine for 100 to 200 patients, depending on how long they take the drug. The state has more than 3,000 patients in the hospital with coronavirus.
- Oregonians who received food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue to receive extra benefits in June as thousands continue to struggle with the fallout from COVID-19. "Due to the continued state of emergency, the U.S. Food and Nutrition Services has provided an additional $30 million to help children and adults in Oregon buy food," DHS said in a statement.
- While most businesses are now approved to open under the Phase I plan, a newly released set of guidelines makes clear that public-facing jobs across multiple sectors will be required to wear face coverings, at least until Phase II. The requirements apply to grocery stores, gyms and fitness centers, pharmacies, public transit agencies, personal services such as salons and massage clinics, restaurants and bars, retail stores, and ride sharing services.
Thursday, May 14
- The CDC warns doctors to expect more cases of a mystifying condition in children related to coronavirus. The condition, called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, appears to be a post-viral syndrome with symptoms that include persistent fever, inflammation and poor function in organs such as the kidneys or heart.
- Governor Kate Brown announces 31 of Oregon’s 36 counties have gained approval from the Oregon Health Authority for a Friday reopening. Of the five remaining counties, three did not apply and two were rejected.
Wednesday, May 13
- A young girl being treated at a Portland-area hospital appears to be Oregon’s first case of a rare pediatric condition linked to COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority announced the case on Wednesday, calling the condition "pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome" — a rare and still mysterious disease in children believed to be caused by COVID-19 infection.
- On Wednesday, Democrats in the Oregon House urged the state's Employment Department to address the backlog of unpaid unemployment claims that have been building since mass lay-offs began in mid-March.
- More than 10 Oregon churches, multiple individuals, and businesses are joining in a lawsuit suing Governor Kate Brown over the “Stay home, save lives” executive orders. The lawsuit states that Governor Brown did not follow procedures set by the Oregon constitution when enacting the executive orders.
Tuesday, May 12
- The remaining 12 rapid coronavirus testing machines have been delivered to various hospitals around the state, including one going to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath County. Previously, rapid testing machines had been delivered to hospitals in Lake, Curry, and Morrow Counties.
- Providence announces it will enact state-wide pay cuts and furloughs due to losses brought on by COVID-19.
Monday, May 11
- Oregon public health officials announce 51 new cases of coronavirus with three new deaths. There have now been 130 deaths attributed to the virus with 3,222 confirmed cases in the state. At least 74,320 tests have come back negative.
- Governor Kate Brown along with other leaders from the “Western State Pact” addressed a letter to the heads of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives asking for $1 trillion in "direct and flexible relief" for state and local governments in order to prevent major cuts to public services.
- Governor Kate Brown has issued a statement signaling that Oregon could be facing a $3 billion economic shortfall for this budget period due to coronavirus.
Sunday, May 10
- Oregon public health officials announce 60 new cases of coronavirus with no new deaths.
- The Oregon State Fire Marshall is extending the temporary rule change allowing for self service pumping at gas stations. The rule change was set to end on Saturday, May 9th, is now set to expire on Saturday, May 23rd.
Saturday, May 9
- Oregon public health officials announce 79 new cases of coronavirus along with three new deaths. There have now been 127 deaths and 3,160 confirmed cases of the virus in the state. 71,460 tests have come back negative.
Friday, May 8
- Following Governor Kate Brown’s most recent plan, which included banning all large gatherings through September, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 season has been cancelled entirely. “The health and safety of our entire Ashland community, including artists, staff, volunteers, patrons, and Festival partners, is our highest priority,” said Nataki Garrett, OSF artistic director.
- The Jackson County Fair announces it hopes to move forward with a more limited “Plan C” despite Governor Kate Brown’s latest announcement.
- The Josephine County Fair announces it will move forward with fair activities in 2020 even if it means turning to online platforms.
Thursday, May 7
- Oregon public health officials announce 70 new cases of coronavirus and six new deaths. There have now been 121 deaths and 2,957 confirmed cases in the state.
- Governor Kate Brown rolls out the state’s newest specific guidelines for counties and businesses that are looking to enter “Phase One” of reopening on Friday, May 15. Governor Kate Brown also announces possible plans for Phase Two and Phase Three, noting festivals and other large gatherings will still be canceled or "significantly modified through at least September."
- Due to Governor Brown’s latest announcement, the 2020 Britt Festival will be postponed until next year. "Due to this mandate, and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community, including musicians, fans, partners, and staff, the 2020 Britt Presents Season will be postponed until 2021," the organization said in its announcement.
Wednesday, May 6
- Oregon public health officials announce 70 new cases of coronavirus and two new deaths. There have now been 115 deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 2,887 confirmed cases. The Oregon Health Authority also notes 65,060 people have tested negative for the virus.
- Curry County announces it will lift restrictions on visitors staying at area hotels and vacation rentals. The ban on visitor lodging in Curry County has been in place for just over one month.
- All of southern Oregon's counties are submitting their plans for entering "phase one" of lifting coronavirus restrictions, pending approval from Governor Kate Brown's office. Each of the plans hinge on where the counties stand in regards to COVID-19 cases. The Governor's plan requires that each county must testify to a downward trajectory of both flu-like and COVID-like cases, adequate hospital surge capacity, a steady supply of PPE, and a robust testing program.
Tuesday, May 5
- Oregon public health officials announce 72 new cases of coronavirus along with four new deaths. There have now been 113 deaths and 2,817 confirmed cases in the state.
- Oregon and the federal government have partnered up to extend SNAP benefits to families with kids that would be receiving free or reduced-price meals if they were still in school.
- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has issued an “emergency order” requiring health insurance companies to provide a 60-day grace period for any past due premiums.
- Governor Kate Brown announces an immediate “limited reopening” of the state’s outdoor recreation areas. Oregon Parks & Recreation listed a handful of inland state parks that will open up beginning Wednesday, including the Joseph Stewart boat ramp on Lost Creek Lake near Shady Cove, the Prineville Reservoir boat ramp near Prineville, the State Capitol State Park in Salem, and Pilot Butte in Bend.
Monday, May 4
- Oregon public health officials announce 65 new cases of coronavirus with no new deaths for the second day in a row. The number of deaths attributed to the virus remain at 109 with 2,745 cases confirmed in the state.
- The University of Oregon is the new home to a machine that is capable to decontaminating N-95 masks. The decontamination unit came to Oregon via the federal government, and the state reached an agreement with UO to house the system. The unit can sanitize 85,000 masks per day according to Governor Kate Brown’s office.
Sunday, May 3
- Oregon public health officials announce 45 new case of coronavirus with no new deaths. The number of deaths attributed to the virus remain at 109 with 2,680 cases confirmed in the state.
Saturday, May 2
- Oregon public health officials announce 57 new cases of coronavirus and 5 new deaths. There have now been 109 deaths attributed to coronavirus and 2,635 confirmed cases in the state.
- Governor Kate Brown extends the current state of emergency due to the coronavirus by another 60 days. The original state of emergency, declared on March 8, is now set to expire on July 6. "I find that the novel infections coronavirus continues to threaten public health and safety," Governor Brown wrote.
Friday, May 1
- Oregon health officials report 69 new cases of coronavirus along with one new death. There have now been 104 deaths attributed to COVID-19 with 2,579 confirmed cases in the state.
- Governor Kate Brown announces contact tracing and coronavirus testing are key as Oregon moves to gradually loosen restrictions put in place to help stop the spread of the virus. Governor Brown also states some rural counties that have seen fewer impacts could begin to reopen as early as May 15.
- On Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization of the drug remdesivir for treatment of coronavirus patients. Though the drug is still only in early trials for treating COVID-19, National Institutes of Health director Dr. Anthony Fauci heralded the results as "clear-cut evidence that [the] drug works."
Thursday, April 30
- Oregon public health officials announce 64 new cases of coronavirus along with two new deaths. There have now been 103 deaths and 2,510 confirmed cases in the state.
- Lake County leaders prepare a three-phase plan to gradually lift coronavirus restrictions based on Governor Kate Brown’s framework for reopening the state. "Due to the ever-changing nature of our fluid situation, information associated with COVID-19 guidelines will be handled as an adaptive management plan and/or living document," the County said in a statement.
Wednesday, April 29
- Oregon public health officials announce 61 new cases of coronavirus along with two new deaths. There have now been 101 deaths and 2,446 cases in the state.
- Costco Wholesale stores will require all customers who enter to wear a mask or face covering that covers their nose and mouth. This rule change will go into effect next week.
- Governor Brown has directed the Oregon Dept. of Revenue to scale back some of the requirements on Oregon businesses for the new corporate activity tax (CAT) passed last year. This was done to reduce financial strain caused by the coronavirus.
Tuesday, April 28
- Oregon public health officials announce 31 new cases of coronavirus along with seven new deaths. There have now been 99 deaths and 2,385 cases in the state.
- In a weekly report, the Oregon Health Authority offered a new total of recovered cases in the state. Of 2,253 surviving cases at the time of the report, 860 (38.2 percent) were considered recovered, and 785 (34.8 percent) were not yet recovered. 607 cases (26.9 percent) have yet to be assessed by the agency.
- Jackson County announces parks will gradually be reopened beginning on Friday, May 1.
Monday, April 27
- Oregon public health officials announce 43 new cases of coronavirus along with one new death. There have now been 92 deaths and 2,354 cases of coronavirus in the state.
- Two more states have joined a regional pact for coordinating the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, Governor Kate Brown announced on Monday. The governors of Colorado and Nevada announced on Monday that they would join Oregon, Washington, and California in the group.
- Organizers announce that the annual Grants Pass event, Boatnik, will be cancelled this year. The event set to take place from May 21 through May 25 will now not move forward until 2021. "The safety of our event attendees has always been our priority and will remain the priority," the Active Club said.
Sunday, April 26
- Oregon public health officials announce 58 new cases of coronavirus and four new deaths. There have now been 91 deaths and 2,311 confirmed cases in the state.
Saturday, April 25
- Oregon is set to receive around 4 million KN95 masks next week. The state is also obtaining an N95 mask disinfecting machine that can clean 85,000 masks per day.
Friday, April 24
- Oregon public health officials have identified 51 new coronavirus cases along with three new deaths. There are now 2,177 confirmed cases in the state with 86 total deaths.
- The Oregon State Fire Marshall announces the temporary rule change that allows self-service pumping at gas stations will be extended through May 9, in order to help maintain social distancing procedure. The temporary rule was announced on March 28, and has already been extended once.
Thursday, April 23
- Oregon public health officials announce 68 new cases of coronavirus and five new deaths. There have now been 2,127 cases of coronavirus in the state with 83 total deaths.
- Governor Kate Brown announces she will be lifting the order that has postponed all elective and non-emergency medical procedures in the state due to the COVID-19 crisis. This executive order, announced on March 19, was put into place to preserve personal protective equipment and hospital surge capacity.
Wednesday, April 22
- Oregon public health officials report 57 new cases of coronavirus. The state now has 2,059 confirmed cases with 78 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
Tuesday, April 21
- The Oregon Health Authority release new coronavirus testing guidelines giving priority to front-line workers and others who regularly interact with the public. The new guidelines have been put in place "to prioritize impacted populations and all front-line workers" said the OHA.
Monday, April 20
- Oregon public health officials announce one new death and 47 new cases of coronavirus. There have now been 75 deaths and 1,956 confirmed cases in the state
- Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities across the state begin receiving loads of personal protective equipment from the Oregon National Guard.
Sunday, April 19
- The Oregon Health Authority announces 66 new cases of coronavirus as well as two more deaths. The total number of deaths rises to 74 with 1,910 confirmed cases.
Saturday, April 18
- The Oregon Health Authority announces 59 new cases of coronavirus in the state along with 2 new deaths. The total number of deaths rises to 72 with a total of 1,844 confirmed coronavirus cases statewide.
Friday, April 17
- Oregon public health officials announce six more deaths and 49 new cases of coronavirus. There have now been 70 deaths and 1,785 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Oregon.
- The Britt Festival announces the cancellation of the 2020 Britt Festival Orchestra season due to coronavirus concerns.
- Governor Kate Brown issues an executive order barring creditors from garnishing federal stimulus funds bound for Oregonians' bank accounts. “These recovery checks were meant to provide relief, not reward debt collection agencies for preying on Oregonians who have lost their livelihoods due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Brown.
Thursday, April 16
- Oregon public health officials announce six more deaths as well as 73 new cases of coronavirus. There have now been 64 deaths and 1,736 confirmed cases in the state.
- Governor Kate Brown issues a new executive order directing local and state government agencies to keep the public involved in decision-making processes, despite social distancing measures. “Public participation in government decision-making is fundamental to our representative form of government,” said Governor Brown.
Wednesday, April 15
- Oregon reports three more deaths and 33 new cases of coronavirus. There have now been 58 deaths and 1,663 confirmed cases in the state. The number of new cases is the lowest that the state has seen in several weeks.
Tuesday, April 14
- Governor Brown holds a press conference where she outlines a framework for reopening Oregon's economy and loosening COVID-19 restrictions. The framework does not come with a timeline, but will be based on several statewide goals and further developments.
- The OLCC suspends the liquor license of a Cave Junction bar after an investigation allegedly finds it serving customers inside, violating the state's COVID-19 orders.
- Oregon OSHA announces that it will begin doing "spot checks" of businesses accused of failing to follow social distancing mandates from the state.
Monday, April 13
- Oregon, Washington, and California announce a "West Coast Pact" to coordinate reopening the economies of all three states based on input from public health experts.
- Governor Kate Brown says that the state will commit $8 million to aid the struggling Oregon Food Bank, which has seen a dramatic rise in demand and drop in donations.
Sunday, April 12
- Oregon announces one new death and 80 new positive cases in the state. There are now 52 deaths and 1,527 confirmed cases.
Saturday, April 11
- Josephine County announces that an 81-year-old man has died due to complications from coronavirus, marking the first death in the southern Oregon region.
- According to the newest models from health researchers cited by Oregon officials, the "aggressive" social distancing measures adopted by the state have succeeded in preventing almost 18,000 cases of COVID-19.
Friday, April 10
- The Oregon Employment Department says that it has begun adding the $600 supplement to weekly unemployment benefits funded in the federal CARES Act, though many people continue to report being unable to get through in order to file a claim.
- Oregon reports four more deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the state total up to 48. With 51 new cases, the total positives rises to 1,371.
Thursday, April 9
- Governor Brown says that the state has delivered new rapid on-site COVID-19 testing machines to three hospitals in rural Oregon counties in order to boost their limited ability to conduct testing.
- Oregon reports that it received almost 270,000 initial unemployment claims in the three weeks since the COVID-19 crisis truly took off in the state. Officials say that additional federal unemployment benefits of $600 per payment will begin coming out within the week.
- In an update reporting one new case, Klamath County says that nine cases in the county have now fully recovered. Numbers on recovered cases have come from local public health agencies only sporadically, with the state of Oregon having no statewide numbers available.
- Oregon reports six more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the state death toll up to 44. With 83 new confirmed cases, the state total rises to 1,321.
Wednesday, April 8
- Governor Kate Brown announces that Oregon schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year. Seniors on the path to graduation will still be granted diplomas, though the order dashes hopes of graduation ceremonies.
- After a day without any new cases, Jackson County confirms two more. There are now 41 in the county.
- Oregon records 58 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths. There are now 1,239 confirmed cases and 38 total deaths.
Tuesday, April 7
- Governor Brown determines to extend the executive order banning dine-in at restaurants, originally set to expire April 14. It now lasts indefinitely, the same as Oregon's stay-at-home order.
- The state sees an apparent lull, with only 49 new confirmed cases, and only one case in the southern Oregon counties. Still, four more deaths are recorded due to COVID-19.
Monday, April 6
- Jackson County officials confirm that the area leads the state in COVID-19 testing per capita, actually topping most U.S. states as well.
- Oregon reports 64 new cases, bringing the state total to 1,132. With two new deaths, the total rises to 29. Southern Oregon counties continue to see new cases throughout.
Sunday, April 5
- Counties in southern Oregon begin to see a wider spread of cases, with new cases in Jackson, Klamath, and Josephine counties. Curry County also sees its first three confirmed cases.
Saturday, April 4
- Oregon reports 100 new cases, bringing the state total to 999. Four more people die due to the virus, bringing the death toll to 26.
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that Oregon will send 140 ventilators to the East Coast state, which has become the nation's epicenter for COVID-19 cases. Governor Kate Brown confirms that this is the case, as New York is in greater need.
Friday, April 3
- The Rogue Valley Manor retirement community in Medford confirms that a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.
- With local demographics increasingly coming in, Jackson County paints a "typical" portrait of COVID-19, with the vast majority of cases appearing in people age 60 or older. Klamath County's cases at this juncture buck the trend, appearing in younger adults and the middle-aged more so than the elderly. No southern Oregon county has seen a death from the virus.
- Oregon confirms 73 new cases, bringing the state total up to 899. With one more death, the virus has now killed 22 people in the state. The state tentatively begins recommending cloth face masks, but not as an alternative to social distancing.
Thursday, April 2
- Governor Brown unveils the "Coronavirus Small Business Resource Navigator," a resource for small businesses struggling from the coronavirus response.
- On a local level, more and more confirmed cases in southern Oregon are tied to major institutions or businesses that remain operational — including Kingsley Field, Timber Products, and Oregon Tech.
- Oregon reports two more deaths and 90 more confirmed cases of COVID-19. The death toll rises to 21, with 826 cases.
Wednesday, April 1
- Governor Brown issues a new executive order expanding on a moratorium on residential evictions. The new order also bans commercial evictions, as well as late fees charged for either circumstance.
- Stealing a march on state and federal authorities, Jackson County Public Health begins recommending that people get reusable cloth face masks to wear when out in public.
- Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Oregon rise to 736, with one more death.
Tuesday, March 31
- The state says that it is due for a major shipment of PPE from FEMA, to be distributed out to local public health agencies for front-line healthcare workers. Despite massive amounts of PPE already distributed in the state, there is an ongoing shortage.
- Officials with the Oregon Department of Education admit that there is a "strong possibility" students will not return to school before summer.
- Oregon announces 84 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the state total up to 690. Two more elderly Oregonians die, raising the state death toll to 18.
Monday, March 30
- Oregon Health Authority announces 58 new cases of the coronavirus bringing the state total to 606 cases. Three more fatalities announced as well, bringing the total to 16.
- Southern Oregon University postpones their 2020 spring commencement ceremony as a result of COVID-19.
- Public health officials in Jackson County have announced one more new case of coronavirus, bringing the county total to 20 confirmed cases.
Sunday, March 29
- The Oregon Health Authority announces new cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County, bringing the county total to 19.
- The Oregon Health Authority also announces 1 new case in Josephine County, bringing the county total to five.
- As a whole, the state announces 69 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the state total to 548.
- The White House made a disaster declaration for Oregon on Sunday. “This declaration is an important first step towards unlocking all available federal resources for Oregon’s state, tribal, and local response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I appreciate the responsiveness of Vice President Pence and federal administration officials to our requests for aid," said Governor Kate Brown.
Saturday, March 28
- Klamath County Public Health is notified of two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to four. Of the two new cases, one is travel related, while the other is believed to be community acquired.
- Jackson County Public Health reports six new coronavirus cases. This brings the county total to 13.
- The Office of the State Fire Marshal announces a temporary rule change that will allow Oregonian’s to pump their own gasoline due to COVID-19.
Friday, March 27
- Josephine County is notified of three new cases of COVID-19 by the Oregon Health Authority. This brings the total number of cases in Josephine County to five.
- Jackson County announces three more cases of coronavirus bringing the county total to seven. Jackson County Health officer Dr. Jim Shames says “Jackson County has entered the phase of rapid community spread.”
- Oregon Health Authority announces 98 new cases of coronavirus along with another fatality. This brings the state total number of cases to 414 with twelve fatalities.
Thursday, March 26
- Klamath County public health officials announce second positive case of COVID-19, an employee of Sky Lakes Medical Center.
- The Oregon Health Authority announces 50 new cases of coronavirus as well as an additional fatality. The number of total confirmed cases in Oregon rises to 316 with eleven fatalities.
- The City of Klamath Falls declares a local state of emergency due to COVID-19.
Wednesday, March 25
- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services issues a temporary emergency order that prevents Oregonians from losing their insurance due to late payments.
- The U.S. Forest Service announces all prescribed burns will be halted in Oregon and Washington to cut down on smoke entering local communities.
- Josephine County confirms its second case of COVID-19.
- The Oregon Health Authority announces 57 new positive cases of coronavirus bringing the state total to 266. Officials also note two new deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19, bringing the state total to 10.
Tuesday, March 24
- Health officials report three more deaths in Oregon attributed to coronavirus bringing the state total to eight. Oregon’s sixth death was a 78-year old man with underlying health conditions from Clackamas County who tested positive on March 15. Oregon’s seventh death was a 63-year old man with underlying health conditions from Multnomah County who tested positive on March 16. The eighth death was from a 90-year old woman with underlying health conditions from Washington County who tested positive on March 19. The state total for confirmed cases rises to 209 after 18 new cases are confirmed.
- Crater Lake National Park is closed to all visitors until further notice in response to Governor Kate Brown’s executive order.
Monday, March 23
- Governor Kate Brown issues an executive order mandating a stay-at-home policy for Oregonians. Certain businesses are ordered to close, while others are directed to take greater social distancing measures. Non-essential gatherings "of any size" are prohibited and social distancing of 6 feet is advised in nearly all circumstances.
- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Oregon rises to 191 after 30 new cases are confirmed.
Sunday, March 22
- Health officials announce a fifth death in the state due to coronavirus. The patient was a veteran in his 90s who passed away at the Oregon Veterans Home.
- Governor Kate Brown issues an executive order temporarily halting evictions for non-payment due to the ongoing public health crisis. Due to the virus or response measures, thousands in the state have either lost their jobs or are going without pay.
Saturday, March 21
- Health officials report a fourth death in Oregon attributed to coronavirus, a Marion County woman with underlying health conditions. She tested positive for the virus on March 15. The state total of confirmed cases rises to 137.
Friday, March 20
- In a press conference with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Governor Brown outlines a policy encouraging Oregonians to stay home and practice social distancing to flatten the coronavirus curve, however it is not accompanied by an executive order.
- Josephine County confirms its first case of COVID-19, an employee of Asante.
- Coronavirus cases in Oregon rise to 114 after seeing the state's largest single-day increase so far of 26 new cases — double the previous day's number.
Thursday, March 19
- Neighboring California issues a statewide "stay at home" order.
- Oregon agencies announce that state-operated overnight campgrounds will begin closing as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.
Wednesday, March 18
- Governor Brown issues another executive order bringing Oregon colleges in line with precautions for K-12 schools, mandating that courses be done remotely until after April 28.
- Oregon health officials report two more deaths in the state due to COVID-19, making a total of three. Positive cases in the state rise to 75.
Tuesday, March 17
- Governor Brown issues another executive order, extending the closure of K-12 public schools through April 28.
- Oregon health officials identify 18 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total up to 65. These cases are spread between Clackamas, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, and Washington counties.
Monday, March 16
- Late Monday night, health officials announce four more cases of COVID-19 at an Oregon Veterans' Home in Lebanon, already the site of multiple cases. This brings the state total up to 51.
- Health officials announce eight new cases of COVID-19 spread between Benton, Deschutes, Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah and Washington counties. This brings the state total up to 47.
- Governor Kate Brown and public health officials issue new statewide mandates, banning all public gatherings of 25 or more people and restricting restaurants to take-out or delivery service only. Essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, retail stores and workplaces are exempted.
Sunday, March 15
- Health officials confirm three new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, bringing the state total up to 39. One new case is in Yamhill County, one in Deschutes, and one in Linn County.
Saturday, March 14
- The first death from COVID-19 is reported in Oregon. Health officials say it was a 70-year-old Multnomah County man who had underlying health conditions.
- The Oregon Health Authority reveals six new people who tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the state total up to 36 cases. Three of the cases are in Washington County, two cases in Deschutes County, and one new case in Linn County.
Friday, March 13
- Oregon schools begin announcing their plans after Governor Brown mandates K-12 school closures through the end of March. This includes the organization of free "grab and go" lunches for students during at least part of the closure.
Thursday, March 12
- Public health officials announce three new presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total up to 24. One case was a man between the ages of 25 and 54 in Clackamas County, the first in that county. He was in close contact with a previous case, officials said. The others were both women older than 55 in Washington County who had "no known close contacts" with other confirmed cases, marking more cases of community spread.
- At a press conference on Thursday morning, Governor Kate Brown and state health officials detail new statewide policies — including a moratorium on gatherings of more than 250 people in the state for four weeks.
- Health officials announce six more presumptive cases at the Oregon Veterans' Home in Lebanon where two cases were detected on Wednesday. This brings the state total up to 30.
- Even as many schools began to cancel non-essential events and activities, Governor Brown's office made an announcement late in the evening to close all K-12 schools beginning March 16 through March 31.
Wednesday, March 11
- In a video updated posted on Wednesday morning, Governor Kate Brown reveals that six of Oregon's COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized. She also outlines new state guidelines for long-term care facilities that would restrict visitation in order to limit residents' exposure to coronavirus.
- Oregon health officials announce four new presumptive cases in the state, bringing the total up to 19. The new cases are reportedly in Polk, Marion, Umatilla, and Deschutes counties and represent further examples of community spread.
- Later in the day, officials revealed two more presumptive cases in a group veterans' home in Lebanon, Oregon.
- Governor Kate Brown released a statement Wednesday night outlining "urgent new rules" throughout the state in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Tuesday, March 10
- A new presumptive case of COVID-19 is identified, the first in Multnomah County. This brings Oregon's total up to 15 cases spread across seven counties.
Monday, March 9
- The Oregon Legislative Emergency Board approves $5 million in state funding for coronavirus response, in addition to raising the ceiling for federal fund expenditures.
- Officials say that there are no new cases identified on Monday, but 52 people still await testing.
Sunday, March 8
- Governor Kate Brown declares a State of Emergency for the new coronavirus in Oregon, freeing up additional state resources.
- Officials identify seven new presumptive cases throughout the state, all examples of community spread. This brings the state total up to 14.
Saturday, March 7
- Oregon officials identify four new presumptive cases of COVID-19, three of them in southern Oregon. All three of those cases are said to be travel-related, not examples of community spread.
Wednesday, March 4
- While Oregon experiences a period of 'no new cases,' Washington reports its 10th death from the virus and California notes its first.
Monday, March 2
- Officials announce a third presumptive case of COVID-19 in Oregon, this one in a resident of Umatilla County. The person is hospitalized in Washington state while authorities work to track down and clean areas they had recently visited.
Sunday, March 1
- The Oregon Health Authority confirms a second presumptive case of COVID-19 in an adult who lives in the same household as the first case. Eight other tests for other possible cases come back negative.
Friday, February 28
- Late in the day, Oregon officials announce the state's first presumptive case of COVID-19 — someone from Washington County who works for the Lake Oswego School District.
- A high school near Seattle is closed for cleaning after a staff member's relative was quarantined and tested for COVID-19.
- An older California woman tests positive for COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, marking the second case of unknown origin.
- Governor Kate Brown forms a 'Coronavirus Response Team' in preparation for potential outbreaks in Oregon.