6 new COVID-19 deaths, cases top 1,730 in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority has announced six more deaths from COVID-19, raising the state’s death toll to 64. The agency said Thursday that the number of cases increased by 73 for more than 1,730 cases statewide. The newly-reported deaths include four men ages 56, 69, 78 and 84 in Multnomah County, a 74-year-old woman in Benton County and a 92-year-old man in Marion County. Also Thursday, Gov. Kate Brown said Oregon will waive the one-week waiting period before newly laid off workers are eligible for jobless benefits, reversing the state’s policy on the issue. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the change could provide over $100 million in additional benefits to Oregonians who have lost their jobs amid the pandemic.