COVID-19 claimed eight more lives in Oregon, killing 311 people in the pandemic, health officials said Wednesday, one day after 14 deaths were recorded.
The Oregon Health Service also reported 304 new confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total diagnosis of the virus to 17,721 since the pandemic began, with 82 new cases in Multnomah County, 51 in Washington County and 28 in Clackamas County.
Some of Oregon’s largest school districts announced Tuesday ̵1; even more so with Wednesday – that they will not renew their personal instructions until at least November.
Gov. Kate Brown has announced that county coronavirus testing benchmarks will have to meet for schools to reopen on Tuesday afternoon. Almost immediately, a cascade of press releases from Oregon school districts reached an email. Mail box. The words of Portland Public School, Salem-Keizer, Beaverton, North Clackamas and Tigard-Tualatin say they will start the school year online. Chemawa Indian School, a boarding school for local American students outside Salem, announced its distance learning plan earlier this week.
Oregon will need two metrics (with limited exceptions) for schools to reopen:
- The county in which the school is located must have 10 or fewer diagnosed cases of coronavirus per 100,000 population for seven consecutive days.
- The positivity of the tests in the county where the school is located must be less than 5% for seven days in three consecutive weeks.
The latest guidelines are subject to change. At present, however, Wheeler County is the only county in Oregon to meet the state criteria that would allow for a complete renewal of personal learning.
Clark County reported 10 additional cases of coronavirus on Wednesday and there were no new deaths. Since the onset of the pandemic, coronavirus has been diagnosed in 1,727 people in the county and 37 have died.
The latest available data from the Washington Department of Health show 54,205 cumulative cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and 1,548 deaths.