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COVID-19 cases in Oregon, a timeline of events

The first presumptive case of new coronavirus was identified in Oregon on Friday, February 28. Here's everything that's happened since then, with daily updates from health officials.

Posted: Mar 11, 2020 10:11 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2020 3:10 PM

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.

Friday, September 25

  • The Oregon Health Authority announced a new daily record high for coronavirus cases on Friday with 457 new and presumptive cases. This is the latest in a surge of new cases for the week. Oregon now sits at 32,314 cases. The rise in cases can be attributed to several factors including gatherings over the Labor Day weekend, college students returning to campuses, and testing interruptions in areas impacted by fire, accompanied by more people seeking care for respiratory issues.

Thursday, September 24

Tuesday, September 22

Sunday, September 20

  • Jackson County Public Health is reporting five new COVID-19 cases bringing the county total to 1,039. The death toll remains at four for Jackson County.
  • The Brookings-Harbor School District is announcing on its website that there has been a confirmed COVID-19 exposure at Kalmiopsis Elementary School. The district announced it was notified of the possible exposure by Curry County Public Health. In-person instruction for Kindergarten through Third Grade will be canceled starting on Monday, September 21.

Saturday, September 19

  • Jackson County Public Health is reporting 13 new coronavirus cases bringing the county total to 1,034. The 20-29 age group has had the most cases in the county with 205.

Thursday, September 17

  • Jackson County Public Health is reporting that a fourth person has died from coronavirus. The patient was a 72-year-old woman who tested positive on August 28 and died on Tuesday, September 15, at Providence Medford Medical Center. The woman had underlying medical conditions.

Wednesday, September 16

Sunday, September 13

Friday, September 11

Saturday, September 5

Friday, September 4

Wednesday, September 3

  • Jackson County Public Health is reporting that a third person has died from coronavirus. The patient was a 73-year-old man who tested positive on August 14 and died on Saturday, August 29, at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. The man had underlying medical conditions.

Tuesday, September 1

Monday, August 31

Friday, August 28

Thursday, August 27

Monday, August 24

Sunday, August 23

  • Over the weekend, Jackson County reports 33 new COVID-19 cases betwen Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, August 21

Thursday, August 20

Wednesday, August 19

Friday, August 14

Thursday, August 13

Wednesday, August 12

Tuesday, August 11

Friday, August 7

Thursday, August 6

Wednesday, August 5

  • Despite the recent OLCC enforcement measure in Jackson County, Governor Brown reports that the "vast majority" of businesses inspected by state officials are following the COVID-19 mandates.

Tuesday, August 4

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

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

Wednesday, July 29

Tuesday, July 28

Monday, July 27

Sunday, July 26

Friday, July 24

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

Sunday, July 19

Saturday, July 18

Friday, July 17

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

Tuesday, July 14

Monday, July 13

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

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

Sunday, July 5

Saturday, July 4

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

Wednesday, July 1

Tuesday, June 30

Monday, June 29

Sunday, June 28

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

Thursday, June 25

Wednesday, June 24

Tuesday, June 23

Monday, June 22

Sunday, June 21

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

Wednesday, June 17

Tuesday, June 16

Monday, June 15

Sunday, June 14

Saturday, June 13

Friday, June 12

Thursday, June 11

Wednesday, June 10

Tuesday, June 9

Monday, June 8

Sunday, June 7

Saturday, June 6

Friday, June 5

Thursday, June 4

Wednesday, June 3

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

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

Monday, May 25

Sunday, May 24

Saturday, May 23

Friday, May  22

Thursday, May 21

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

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

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

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

Saturday, May 9

Friday, May 8

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

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

Wednesday, April 29

Tuesday, April 28

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

Saturday, April 25

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

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

Sunday, April 19

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

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

Tuesday, April 14

Monday, April 13

Sunday, April 12

Saturday, April 11

Friday, April 10

Thursday, April 9

Wednesday, April 8

Tuesday, April 7

Monday, April 6

Sunday, April 5

Saturday, April 4

Friday, April 3

Thursday, April 2

Wednesday, April 1

Tuesday, March 31

Monday, March 30

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

Thursday, March 19

Wednesday, March 18

Tuesday, March 17

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

Saturday, March 14

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

Sunday, March 8

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

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

Friday, February 28

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 357526

Reported Deaths: 4284
Hood River192837

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4848946

Reported Deaths: 71328
Los Angeles148303126527
San Diego3666614183
San Bernardino3586775692
Santa Clara1455431897
San Joaquin1027761721
Contra Costa1000181008
San Francisco54440649
San Mateo54168623
Santa Barbara45223523
San Luis Obispo29973333
Santa Cruz21034221
El Dorado17207149
San Benito744972
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Crater Lake
57° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 57°
Grants Pass
57° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 57°
Klamath Falls
44° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 37°
Intense storm system brings heavy rain and gusty winds overnight into Sunday
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