Number of new 97303 COVID-19 cases slows

After two weeks of 20 percent increases in the number of COVID-19 cases, the number of new positive tests linked to the 97303 zip code dropped by two-thirds.

According to data collected by the Oregon Health Authority, there were only eight new COVID-19 cases between June 24 and July 1. The 97303 zip code that includes all of Keizer and smaller portions of Salem.

On June 24, the number of positive COVID-19 tests linked to the 97303 zip code rose to 143 from 110 the week prior. In the past week the number rose to 151, a dramatic drop off from the previous surging numbers.

To combat surging coronavirus numbers, Gov. Kate Brown mandated face covering throughout the state in all indoor public spaces. The mandate began Wednesday, July 1.

While Keizer does not have an identified outbreak of coronavirus linked to a single source, numerous large employers in neighboring areas with employees who live in Keizer could be affecting the area.