Oregon tops 15,000 coronavirus cases, new Walmart outbreak

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority has reported 299 additional confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases in the state, bringing the state’s total number of cases since the pandemic began to more than 15,000. In addition on Tuesday seven more deaths were reported, bringing the state’s death toll to 269 people. The authority also said an outbreak of 23 cases of COVID-19 has been reported at a Walmart Distribution Center in northeastern Oregon’s Umatilla County. Officials say the investigation started June 30, but the initial case count was below the threshold for public disclosure. State and county public health officials are working jointly to address the outbreak and protect workers’ health.