Oregon reports 278 new COVID-19 cases, again setting record single-day increase

The Oregon Health Authority said that there now 6,098 cases in the state as of Tuesday morning.

Posted: Jun 16, 2020 2:39 PM
Updated: Jun 16, 2020 3:40 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon public health officials reported 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.

The Oregon Health Authority said that there are now a total of 6,098 people in the state who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, either through a positive test or as a "presumptive" case with relevant symptoms and confirmed contact with a positive case.

"Today’s numbers are consistent with a recent trend of more cases in the state," OHA said. "The increase in cases is due to workplace outbreaks as well as potential spread in the community, not tied to a known case."

Many of Oregon's cases over the past two days stemmed from Union County, reportedly linked to an outbreak at Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in LaGrande. Union County saw 99 new cases on Monday. By Tuesday, the number of cases in the county had nearly doubled to 240 from 121 the day before.


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OHA said that 236 people linked specifically to the Lighthouse outbreak had tested positive after public health officials conducted testing on a total of 356 people, representing the majority of the congregation. The agency said that this represents the largest single outbreak in the state so far.

Officials also said that they had asked county public health officials to inquire with positive cases if they had attended any of the recent demonstrations following George Floyd's death, but OHA has not yet seen a "significant number" of cases linked to those protests.

OHA reported new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (21), Crook (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (1), Jefferson (1), Josephine (1), Klamath (8), Lane (1), Lincoln (17), Marion (22), Morrow (2), Multnomah (42), Umatilla (1), Union (119), Wasco (1), Washington (37), Yamhill (2).

Public health officials gave the following information about the latest reported fatalities:

  • Oregon’s 181st COVID-19 death is an 89-year-old man in Clackamas County, who tested positive on June 13 and died on June 15, in his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.
  • Oregon’s 182nd COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old woman in Marion County, who tested positive on June 11 and died on June 13, at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions.

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The number of new Oregon cases has been rising sharply over the past several weeks as many counties began entering new phases of reopening, lifting previous restrictions. While some of these increases can be attributed to expanded testing, OHA officials have sounded the alarm about a rise in transmission rates.

Many of the large single-day increases in cases have been linked to workplace outbreaks and resulting contact tracing investigations. Some of the largest outbreaks have been at food processing facilities in the state.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 176157

Reported Deaths: 2461
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah35145568
Washington23569229
Marion20282299
Clackamas15499204
Lane11722144
Jackson9984127
Umatilla798483
Deschutes721472
Linn418763
Yamhill412575
Klamath353759
Polk346452
Malheur343058
Josephine307862
Douglas305765
Benton275418
Jefferson207432
Coos198431
Columbia155426
Union141824
Lincoln130520
Wasco130228
Hood River113029
Morrow108115
Clatsop9008
Crook89119
Baker86114
Curry5999
Tillamook5833
Grant4204
Lake4147
Harney3136
Wallowa1575
Gilliam571
Sherman571
Wheeler261
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 3723446

Reported Deaths: 61122
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles122964123668
Riverside2976204547
San Bernardino2949734561
San Diego2753683674
Orange2691764900
Santa Clara1173172017
Kern1080131331
Sacramento1016651647
Fresno1007021646
Alameda855831477
Ventura803321002
San Joaquin717351334
Contra Costa67157782
Stanislaus605831032
Tulare49443831
Monterey43301364
San Mateo41226560
San Francisco36094529
Santa Barbara33926446
Solano32047239
Merced31289453
Sonoma29720311
Imperial27995719
Kings22781245
Placer21908283
San Luis Obispo20991257
Madera16289240
Santa Cruz15666204
Marin13868226
Yolo13572200
Shasta11747219
Butte11601196
El Dorado9797109
Napa971579
Sutter9299109
Yuba612744
San Benito598963
Lassen567924
Tehama544556
Nevada448975
Tuolumne408664
Mendocino399347
Humboldt363138
Amador362946
Lake341643
Glenn235825
Colusa220416
Calaveras206252
Siskiyou196521
Inyo141838
Del Norte12907
Mono12744
Plumas6936
Modoc4904
Mariposa4287
Trinity3985
Sierra1100
Alpine880
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