Coronavirus in Oregon: 146 new cases, 2 deaths. Governor warns of potential ‘dangerous position.’

The Oregon Health Authority reported 146 new coronavirus cases and two deaths Monday, ending an unprecedented three-day streak of daily infections topping 200.

Disclosure of the new cases came as Gov. Kate Brown announced masks would be required in all indoor public places statewide beginning Wednesday.

Monday marked the 19th consecutive day that Oregon has reported at least 100 infections. Before that, Oregon had reached or exceeded triple-digit cases only three other times since the pandemic hit locally.

“Please keep your Fourth of July celebrations small and local,” Brown said in a statement. “We saw a lot of new COVID-19 cases following the Memorial Day holiday. Another spike in cases after the upcoming holiday weekend could put Oregon in a dangerous position.”

The 146 confirmed or presumed infections disclosed by public health officials Monday kept the state’s moving average over the past week at just above 200 a day, an all-time high.

Where the new cases are by county: Clackamas (18), Deschutes (2), Douglas (2), Jackson (3), Jefferson (3), Josephine (1), Klamath (5), Lake (2), Lane (6), Malheur (5), Marion (14), Multnomah (29), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (15), Union (5), Wasco (6), Washington (27) and Yamhill (1).

New fatalities: Oregon’s 203rd death from coronavirus is an 84-year-old woman from Marion County, who had underlying medical conditions, the state reported Monday. She tested positive June 18 and died June 27.

The state’s 204th victim of COVID-19 is a 72-year-old man from Marion County, who also had underlying medical conditions. He tested positive June 17 and died June 27.

The prevalence of infections: State officials had not updated testing tallies since last Thursday. Since then, the state reported that 18,425 people have been tested, with 827 infections identified. That’s a 4.5% positivity rate, meaning roughly one out of every 20 people tested had the coronavirus. That’s more than double the rate from a month ago.

Who got infected: State officials had not updated confirmed or presumed infections, by age, since last Friday. Since then, the state reported 667 new cases among the following: 0-9 (26); 10-19 (71); 20-29 (159); 30-39 (120); 40-49 (112); 50-59 (87); 60-69 (42); 70-79 (24); 80 and older (21); unknown (5).

Who’s in the hospital: The state on Monday reported 108 Oregonians are currently in the hospital, up 10 from the 98 reported Friday. Although active hospitalizations have more than doubled in the past month, Oregon remains well below its capacity, with hundreds of beds and ventilators available.

Since it began: Oregon has now reported 8,485 confirmed or presumed infections and 204 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. Fully 234,769 people in Oregon have been tested.

— Brad Schmidt; bschmidt@oregonian.com; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt

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