COVID-19 spreads in ‘close social networks’ as state reopens

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s coronavirus case numbers increased by 514 people during the weekend and Monday, officials reported. A quarter of the new cases are based in Multnomah County, where officials say a majority of the spread is occurring among “close social networks.” Multnomah, which is Oregon’s most populous county and home to Portland, implemented phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan Friday.  Hood River, Marion, and Polk Counties also entered new reopening phases Friday. While health officials reiterated Monday  they expect an increase in cases during reopening, the goal remains to minimize the number of people  hospitalized. Currently, there are 93 people, who have tested positive for coronavirus Oregon, who are in the hospital — 24 of those patients are on ventilators.