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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: Mar 30, 2020 5:10 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.

CONTEXT: What we know so far about the new coronavirus, COVID-19

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

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