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PORTLAND — COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 147, the Oregon Health Authority reported Friday.

Oregon Health Authority reported 45 new confirmed cases and three new presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. Friday, bringing the state total to 3,864. The new cases reported Friday are in the following counties: Clackamas (5), Clatsop (2), Curry (1), Jackson (3), Linn (2), Malheur (4), Marion (8), Multnomah (11), Polk (1), Umatilla (1), Washington (10).

On Thursday, the OHA reported one new COVID-19 death and 24 new cases. The new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported Thursday were in the following counties: Coos (1), Deschutes (1), Jefferson (1), Malheur (3), Marion (4), Multnomah (8), Umatilla (3), Washington (3).

Oregon’s 145th COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old woman in Polk County, who tested positive on May 2 and died on May 20 in her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 146th COVID-19 death is a 53-year-old man in Marion County, who tested positive on May 18 and died May 20, at Salem Hospital. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 147th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 25 and died May 8, at his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.

To see more case and county level data, visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Dashboard provided

Thursday, OHA provided a Public Health Indicators Dashboard to enable communities across Oregon to monitor COVID-19 in the state.

The dashboard, which will be updated weekly on Thursdays, provides a transparent report that presents complex epidemiological data in an interactive, easy-to-understand way.

The dashboard displays three key indicators:

• COVID-19 disease

• Severe COVID-19 burden

• Active Monitoring Capacity

All are key to monitoring the progress of the “stop, watch and redirect” process for determining progress in the phased reopening of the state. The indicators include emergency room visits, hospitalizations and active monitoring.

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Marion and Polk counties began reopening May 22

Governor Kate Brown announced on Wednesday that Marion and Polk counties could begin entering Phase I of reopening on Friday, May 22, under her framework for building a safe and strong Oregon.

County officials presented revised applications to the Oregon Health Authority and the Governor’s Office to confirm both counties met Oregon’s safety and preparedness prerequisites for reopening.

For more information on the county reopening process, visit the Governor’s COVID-19 website at coronavirus.oregon.gov.

CASH Oregon can help support tax filing during COVID-19

Those who need help filing their taxes and their household makes below $69,000 a year, CASH Oregon, a program of Metropolitan Family Service, can help. In response to COVID-19, CASH Oregon is taking its free Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.

For more information, go to the CASH Oregon website or call the free tax help hotline at 503-966-7942. The hotline is available Monday to Wednesday 9 am to 4 pm.

Be aware of cyanobacteria (harmful algae) blooms this summer

Summer is right around the corner … and so is harmful algae bloom season. Because only a fraction of our beautiful lakes, rivers and reservoirs are sampled, we want to remind everyone to be on the look-out for toxin-producing cyanobacterial (harmful algal) blooms. When in doubt, just stay out! For more information visit the OHA website.   

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