PORTLAND, Ore. — The first presumptive case of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was identified in Oregon on Friday, Feb. 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.
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
Friday, March 27
- A ninth case of coronavirus is announced in Lane County. The man is currently in the hospital.
- OHA announced nearly 100 new cases, spread across 16 counties, including Linn, Lane, and Douglas counties. One more person has died.
Thursday, March 26
- OHA announces 50 new cases.
- Lane County announces their eighth case.
- Douglas County says there is a fourth case in the county.
- Lane Tranist District cancels Sunday service.
Wednesday, March 25
- University of Oregon asks for donations to the Student Crisis Fund.
- Oregon lawmakers ask for a major disaster declaration.
- Senate approves a $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package.
- OHA announces Oregon has had 10 deaths and 266 cases. Some of the new cases are in Linn, Douglas, Lane and Benton counties.
Tuesday, March 24
- OHA announces three new deaths and 18 new cases.
- Douglas County announces they have seen two more cases, on top of OHA's count for the day.
Monday, March 23
- The state total reaches 191 with 30 new cases identified. One case is in Linn County.
- Gov. Kate Brown announces a new stay at home order, meaning Oregonians need to stay at home to the maximum extent possible.
Sunday, March 22
- A total of 24 new cases are announced by OHA.
- A veteran in his 90s dies in the morning at the Oregon Veterans' Home in Lebanon from coronavirus.
- Two coronavirus cases are identified in Benton County.
Saturday, March 21
- OHA announces 23 new cases.
- A bus driver with Eugene School District 4J tests positive for coronavirus.
Friday, March 20
- With 26 new cases, the state total reached 114.
Thursday, March 19
- Eugene School District 4J announces a bus driver was exposed to a coronavirus case. More than 200 students may have had minimal contact with the employee, but officials say they are not at risk.
- Officials announce 13 new cases, bringing the state's total to 88.
- The Oregon Health Authority is working with the Oregon Military Department to assemble an Oregon Medical Station at the Salem Fairgrounds that will provide an alternate site for patients currently in nursing home care.
Wednesday, March 18
- 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.
- Governor Brown announces all higher education institutions in the state must move the curriculum online through April 28.
Tuesday, March 17
- Governor Brown issues another executive order, extending the closure of K-12 public schools until 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
- 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.
- 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.
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