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.
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
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.