COVID-19 claimed another eight lives in Oregon, bringing the number of pandemic victims in the state to 311, health officials said on Wednesday one day after a record 14 deaths.
The Oregon Health Office also reported 304 new confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total number of viruses diagnosed to 17,721 since the onset of the pandemic. There were 82 new cases in Multnomah County, followed by Washington County with 51 and Clackamas with 28.
Some of Oregon̵7;s largest school districts announced on Tuesday that many more would follow on Wednesday. That their personal tuition will not reopen until November.
The Kate Brown government has announced that counties that will need to test coronavirus benchmarks will need to meet to reopen schools on Tuesday afternoon. Almost immediately, the e-mail box hit a cascade of press releases from Oregon school districts. Portland Public Schools, Salem-Keizer, Beaverton, North Clackamas and Tigard-Tualatin say they will start the school year online. Chemawa Indian School, a boarding school for Native American students outside of Salem, announced its remote education plan earlier this week.
Oregon will require a combination of two metrics (with limited exceptions) to reopen schools:
- The county in which the school is located must have 10 or fewer diagnosed cases of coronavirus per 100,000 population for seven days, three weeks in a row.
- The district in which the school is located must have a test positivity rate of less than 5% over a seven-day period, three weeks in a row.
The latest instructions are subject to change. However, Wheeler County is currently the only Oregon county to meet state criteria that would allow for the full reopening of personal education.
Clark County reported 10 more coronavirus cases and no new deaths on Wednesday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,727 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the region and 37 people have died.
The latest available data from the Washington Department of Health shows 54,205 cumulative cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic and 1,548 deaths.