Oregon reports new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases; The Tale of two Pandemics: Systemic Racism amidst Covid-19

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Oregon reports 168 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from yesterday and remains at 215, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 168 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 10,395. The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (16), Clatsop (3), Columbia (3), Deschutes (2), Douglas (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (1), Jefferson (1), Josephine (3), Lane (10), Malheur (10), Marion (16), Morrow (4), Multnomah (41), Polk (1), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (16), Wasco (3), Washington (34).

OHA Releases Weekly Testing Summary

OHA released its Weekly Testing Summary today, which showed that for the week of 6/28-7/5, 39,914 tests were conducted. Of those tests 5.3 percent were positive. Oregon’s number of tests performed has been steadily increasing, but the number of positive cases and the test positivity rate have increased significantly since late May. This suggests increasing numbers of individuals with COVID-19, which is expected now that all counties are in Phase 1 or Phase 2 of reopening. Recent large outbreaks around the state have also contributed to these increases.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response

The Tale of Two Pandemics: Systemic Racism amidst Covid-19

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When the novel coronavirus pandemic hit Oregon, the nation and the world, we quickly realized that it was unlike any challenge we have ever faced. For many rural and coastal Oregonians, the pandemic exposed a reality that has become the face of Oregon’s urban-rural divide.  But now we are in the wake of a second pandemic which reveals underlying racism against BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities.  

Next week's discussion will center on systemic racism and explore how and why the legacy of racism has affected public policies, many of which, the experts said, are at the root of the disproportionate impact to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities.


Serena Stodamire, Executive Director, Oregon Youth Development Council

Colt Gill, Director, Oregon Department of Education

Sen. Arnie Roblan, State Senator District 5

Senator Lew Frederick, State Senator, District 22 (moderator)

Sen. Frederick will be our guest moderator.  He will facilitate a discussion with students from our coastal communities.  They will discuss recent activities on the coast and specific action led by BIPOC to educate about challenges related to multiple incidents of racism in Oregon. 

email: Sen.ArnieRoblan@oregonlegislature.gov I phone: 503-986-1705
address: 900 Court St NE, S-417, Salem, OR, 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/roblan