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Coronavirus in Oregon: A timeline of events

The first presumptive case of new coronavirus was identified in Oregon on Friday, February 28. Here's everything that's happened since then, with daily updates from health officials.

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 7:26 PM
Updated: Mar 27, 2020 12:54 PM

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.

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.

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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

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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