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We’ll update this story throughout the day with the latest news about the coronavirus and its effects in Oregon and across the country on Friday, November 6.
UPDATE IN 5:55 pm
Oregon OSHA applies interim rules that address COVID-19 in the workplace
Oregon OSHA passed an interim rule to help combat the spread of coronavirus in the workplace, the agency announced on Friday afternoon.
The rule went into effect November 16 and is expected to go into effect until May 4, 2021.
It addresses physical distance, face-masking, ventilation, exposure risk assessments, infection control plans, information and training, as well as medical notifications, testing and dispositions.
The rule requires employers to:
- Ensure a six-step gap between everyone in the workplace through the design of work activities and workflows, unless it is apparent that it is not feasible for some activities.
- Ensure that all individuals – including employees, part-time workers and clients – in the workplace or other facility under the employer’s control are wearing masks, face masks or a face shield following Oregon Health Authority’s statewide guidelines.
- Provide free masks, face masks or visors to employees. If an employee chooses to wear a mask, a veil or a face mask – even when not asked to do so – the employer must allow them to do so.
- Ensure that when an employee is in a vehicle for work purposes, regardless of distance or travel time, all occupants must wear a mask, a face shield or a face shield. This requirement does not apply when all passengers in the vehicle are members of the same household.
- Maximize the efficiency of existing ventilation systems, maintain and replace air filters, and clean inlet ports that deliver fresh or outdoor air. The temporary rule does not require the owner to purchase or install a new ventilation system.
- Conduct a risk assessment – a process that must involve employee participation and feedback – to assess potential employee exposure to COVID-19, including addressing specific questions about how minimize that exposure.
- Develop a infection control plan that addresses a number of factors, including when workers must use personal protective equipment and a description of specific hazard control measures.
- Provide information and training to employees on topics related to COVID-19. They must do so in a manner and language understood by the worker.
- Notify affected workers within 24 hours of work-related COVID-19 infection.
- Cooperate with public health officials if workplace testing is needed. If the employee is to be isolated or quarantined, the employer must follow the steps of reassignment and return to work.
The Code calls for more measures for particularly high-risk jobs. Such jobs include direct patient care or decontamination work; aerosol procedure or after autopsy; and first respondent’s actions. Additional measures include:
- Training and detailed infection control planning.
- Regular cleaning and disinfection procedures.
- Effective use of personal protective equipment.
- Operate existing ventilation system according to national standards.
- Barriers, partitions and containment rooms for airborne infections are used.
- Screening and classifying symptoms of COVID-19.
UPDATE at 3:36 pm
Oregon reports 770 new COVID-19 cases
Oregon reported 770 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
Oregon currently has a cumulative total of 48,608 positive cases.
Marion County had 77 new cases announced on Friday, while Polk County had 15 new cases.
A large number of other cases are found in Multnomah (199), Washington (120) and Jackson (83) counties.
The state reported six new deaths, bringing the death toll to 716.
The new deaths are a 97-year-old woman from Multnomah County who died on November 3, a 59-year-old woman in Multnomah County who died on November 4, an 88-year-old woman in Multnomah County who died on November 4, a woman 95-year-old in Marion County died on November 4, an 82-year-old woman in Wasco County died on November 1, and a 74-year-old man in Washington County died on November 4.
Marion County is under supervision
Governor Kate Brown ordered a two-week pause to social activities in Marion and four other Oregon counties, starting Wednesday.
“Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen that COVID-19 is spreading in Oregon and unfortunately it’s spreading at an unprecedented rate. Brown said at a press conference Friday. “We must continue to breach to stop the spread.”
The new rules recommend not to congregate indoors with people outside of your household.
They reduced the restaurant’s capacity limit to 50 people, including employees and customers, and limited the number of people who can sit together to six.
Indoor recreational activities, including gyms and museums, are also limited to 50 people.
And the rules ban visiting long-term care facilities.
More details: A two-week social hiatus begins on Wednesday in Marion, four other Oregon counties
The suspension applies to Marion, Multnomah, Jackson, Malheur and Umatilla counties. It ran for the day before Thanksgiving.
While the number of coronavirus infections per capita in Oregon is lower than in most other states, the number of daily cases is still increasing.
On Thursday, the state reported a record of 805 new cases, beating the previous daily record of 600, set just a week earlier. On Friday, it reported 770 new cases.
“This is a warning,” Brown said. “I don’t want to take further action to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Oregon coronavirus cases by number
This is the most recent data from the Oregon Health Authority, as of Friday, November 6.
- 716: Death from COVID-19.
- 48,608: Total number of cases.
- 848,994: The tests were negative.
- 895.114: Total number of tests given, as of January 24.
Oregon COVID-19 county case
Below are the number of cases, both positive and hypothetical, and fatalities as of Friday, November 6.
- Baker: 176 cases, 3 deaths.
- Benton: 501 cases, 6 deaths.
- Clackamas: 3,670 cases, 70 deaths.
- Clatsop: 278 cases.
- Columbia: 301 cases, 2 deaths.
- Mac: 282 cases, 1 person died.
- Fraud: 136 cases, 5 deaths.
- Curry: 72 cases, 2 deaths.
- Deschutes: 1,408 cases, 13 deaths.
- Douglas: 434 cases, 10 deaths.
- Gilliam: 17 cases.
- Level: 32 cases.
- Harney: 45 cases.
- River Hood: 296 cases, 1 person died.
- Jackson: 2,197 cases, 8 deaths.
- Jefferson: 629 cases, 11 deaths.
- Josephine: 295 cases, 4 deaths.
- Klamath: 453 cases, 3 deaths.
- Ho: 49 cases.
- Lanes: 2,728 cases, 28 people died.
- Lincoln: 526 cases, 13 deaths.
- Linn: 969 cases, 17 deaths.
- Malheur: 2,052 cases, 38 deaths.
- Marion: 6,610 cases, 116 deaths.
- Tomorrow: 569 cases, 7 deaths.
- Multnomah: 10,705 cases, 179 deaths.
- Polk: 755 cases, 15 deaths.
- Sherman: 23 cases.
- Tillamook: 82 cases.
- Umatilla: 3,593 cases, 45 deaths.
- Union: 521 cases, 2 deaths.
- Wallowa: 62 cases, 2 deaths.
- Wasco: 375 cases, 17 deaths.
- Washington: 6,663 cases, 83 deaths.
- Wheel loader: 1 barrel.
- Yamhill: 1,103 cases, 15 deaths.
Source: Oregon Health Authority
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