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Oregon reports 380 new COVID-19 cases, seven more deaths

Seven more Oregonians have died from COVID-19, and 380 more cases of the illness were reported by the Oregon Health Authority Tuesday.

The statewide death toll rose to 244, while the number of cases rose to 12,805, OHA said in its daily news release.

Umatilla and Multnomah counties each had 76 new cases. Washington County reported 53 cases, and Marion County reported 46. Malheur County in Eastern Oregon reported 35 new cases.

Jackson County Public Health reported seven new cases Tuesday. The agency also dropped a previously reported presumptive case, bring the local case total to 187.

Eighty-six local cases remain infectious, according to the public health website, and 15 people have been hospitalized from the disease. No deaths have been reported in Jackson County.

County health officials urged residents to practice physical distancing, thorough hand washing, and regular disinfection of frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs.

Mask wearing is key to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, health officials said.

On Wednesday, Oregon’s statewide mandate on wearing masks in public indoor spaces will expand to include outdoor public spaces “where you cannot physically distance,” Gov. Kate Brown said Monday in a news release. Indoor social gatherings will be capped at 10 people, the state said.