Officials with the Oregon Health Authority have said they’re concerned about the elevated numbers over the past few weeks. Before June 7, the state had never seen a day with more than 100 new infections since the COVID-19 crisis began. But on 15 of the past 17 days since then, more than 100 new daily cases have been reported. On two of those days, the numbers surpassed 200.
More than one-third of the state’s cases have been reported since June 7. A report released Friday showed the jump in numbers isn’t just due to more testing: The virus also is spreading more.
The state also reported an outbreak of 37 COVID-19 cases at Lamb Weston, a food processor that serves restaurants and retailers based in Umatilla County. Health officials, who began investigating the outbreak June 16, reported that the positive cases include anyone linked to the outbreak, which may include Lamb Weston employees’ household members and close contacts.
Oregon’s 191 new known infections were reported in the following counties: Clackamas (25), Coos (1), Deschutes (2), Hood River (1), Jackson (1), Jefferson (2), Klamath (7) Lane (1), Lincoln (6), Malheur (2), Marion (17), Morrow (3), Multnomah (44), Polk (1), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (19), Union (19), Wasco (4) and Washington (42).
County case totals: Three counties — Multnomah, Marion and Washington — have more than 1,000 known coronavirus cases each. Another nine counties — Clackamas, Deschutes, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Polk, Umatilla, Union and, as of Monday, Yamhill — have reported at least 100 coronavirus cases. Gilliam and Wheeler haven’t identified any.
Here’s the overall count of confirmed and presumptive cases by county: Baker (1), Benton (68), Clackamas (632), Clatsop (46), Columbia (26), Coos (37), Crook (9), Curry (7), Deschutes (149), Douglas (34), Grant (1), Harney (1), Hood River, (89), Jackson (92), Jefferson (81), Josephine (26), Klamath (95), Lake (6), Lane (107), Lincoln (292), Linn (129), Malheur (53), Marion (1,365), Morrow (35), Multnomah (1,893), Polk (131), Sherman (1), Tillamook (7), Umatilla (298), Union (282), Wallowa (8), Wasco (52), Washington (1,120) and Yamhill (101).
Oregon’s Latino population has been disproportionately hit hard by the coronavirus. Latinos make up 13% of the state’s population, but represent at least 35% of all positive cases, according to the most recent data available.
Death toll: At least 192 people are known to have died from COVID-19. They are from 15 counties — 68 people from Multnomah, 35 from Marion, 23 from Clackamas, 20 from Washington, 12 from Polk, nine from Linn, eight from Yamhill, five from Benton, four from Umatilla, three from Lane, and one each from Josephine, Lincoln, Malheur, Morrow and Wasco.
Their ages ranged from 36 to 100. Among them, 110 men and 82 women have died. All but five had underlying medical conditions.
The breakdown of deaths by age: ages 30-39 (1), ages 40-49 (3), ages 50-59 (9), ages 60-69 (39), ages 70-79 (52), ages 80-plus (88).
Senior care homes: Six in 10 of all coronavirus deaths in Oregon — 107 — are associated with a care center, according to the latest state data released last week. More than 700 senior care home residents, staff, close contacts and others connected to at least 84 nursing, assisted and retirement homes have contracted COVID-19. One care home worker has died.
Outbreaks: The largest outbreak in the state has been at Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Union County, where is linked to 236 infections, as of last week.
At least 980 coronavirus infections — or nearly 16% of all cases — are linked to workplace outbreaks identified by the Oregon Health Authority. Among them: the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem (176), Pacific Seafood in Newport (145) and Duckwall Fruit in Hood River (61).
Testing: More people than ever before are being tested for the virus in Oregon. It was 24,708 between June 8 and June 14.
But the proportion of tests coming back positive is growing significantly faster than testing. That led state officials in a report released Friday to reach the conclusion that the disease is spreading more.
For the week ending Friday, June 19, the percent of positive tests was 4.1%. That’s more than double the positive test rate of 1.6% for the week May 16-22, the first week after many parts of Oregon started reopening. Public health officials think reopening has accelerated the spread of the disease.
This Oregon Health Authority chart shows that the percentage of positive test results has been climbing.
Ages: People in their 20s are getting infected the most. Some experts say a big contributing factor: This group too often appears to be socializing or going out without maintaining proper physical distancing or wearing masks.
In Oregon, 19% of known cases are among people ages 20-29, 18% are 30-39, 17% are 40-49, 15% are 50-59, 10% are 60-69, 7% are 70-79, 7% are 10-19, 5% are 80 or older, and 3% are 0-9.
Gender: 3,637 cases are among women, or approximately 51%, and 3,424, or about 48%, are among men.
Hospitalizations: At least 969 of the state’s COVID-19 patients, or 14%, have been hospitalized at some point during their illness, according to the health authority.
Most — at least 712, or 73% — have been 50 or older.
Currently, 93 people with confirmed coronavirus cases are hospitalized, up one from Friday. Thirty-nine are in intensive care and 24 on ventilators.
Recoveries: About 2,500 people have recovered from the illness, according to the latest published numbers.
Nationwide: Confirmed coronavirus cases stood at more than 2.3 million. The death toll climbed past 120,000.
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