Oregon set a grim record when the state reported 21 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday – the most recorded on a single day.
“We feel pain and sorrow for our neighbors who’ve lost their lives to COVID-19 and the families they leave behind,” said Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen. “And each death we record is a reminder that COVID-19 is a life-threatening virus that’s easy to catch, a warning that more Oregonians will die if we don’t contain it and a call to action to stop its spread.”
The 21 deaths raise the state’s death toll due to coronavirus to 847. Allen encouraged the public to continue to do its part to slow the spread of the virus.
“Wear a mask, keep six feet between you and other people when you’re in public, and wash your hands often,” he said. “In addition, all Oregon counties are currently subject to a two-week freeze, which recommends that you limit the size of your social gatherings to six people or fewer and gather with no more than one other household at a time.”