Daily coronavirus cases surged to record-breaking heights once again as the Oregon Health Authority on Thursday reported 389 new confirmed or presumed infections and 6 deaths.
The record case count comes one week after state officials reported the previous high of 375, which was followed by three consecutive days of 300 cases or more.
State officials cited workplace outbreaks and community gatherings as contributors to the spread of infection.
As case counts continue to rise on average, state officials say they are concerned the state could run into shortages in testing kits and supplies because of increasing demand across the country.
The state also reported Thursday that the number of Oregonians currently hospitalized with COVID-19 reached the highest level since April 15.
However, preliminary numbers at some Oregon hospitals are showing signs that after months of fine-tuning treatment strategies, more people are surviving.
Where the cases are by county: Benton (1), Clackamas (20), Clatsop (1), Columbia (2), Coos (4), Crook (3), Deschutes (5), Hood River (1), Jackson (7), Jefferson (8), Josephine (2), Lake (2), Lane (18), Lincoln (15), Linn (3), Malheur (31), Marion (47), Morrow (12), Multnomah (86), Polk (2), Umatilla (55), Union (4), Wallowa (1), Wasco (5), Washington (46), Yamhill (8).
New fatalities: The 225th victim of the coronavirus in Oregon is a 63-year-old woman in Crook County who had no underlying health conditions. She began to show symptoms on July 1 after being in close contact with a confirmed case and died in her home July 8, state officials reported. Her death is the first COVID-19 fatality in Crook County.
An 83-year-old man in Umatilla County is the 226th death from the coronavirus in Oregon. He tested positive July 4 and died July 3 in a location that has yet to be determined, according to the state. He had underlying health conditions. State officials did not immediately respond to inquiries about why the man tested positive after his death.
Oregon’s 227th death from COVID-19 is a 71-year-old man in Marion County who died in his home July 7 after testing positive June 26. He had underlying health conditions.
The 228th person to die from the coronavirus in Oregon is a 75-year-old female in Clackamas County. She had underlying health conditions and died July 2 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center after testing positive June 10.
Oregon’s 229th victim of COVID-19 is a 78-year-old woman who died in her home in Clackamas County on June 18. State officials have yet to report when she tested positive or if she had underlying health conditions.
The 230th victim of the coronavirus in Oregon is a 90-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive May 9 and died in his home June 1. He had underlying health conditions.
Prevalence of infection: State officials reported that 5,792 people had been tested since Wednesday, with 355 coming back positive, amounting to a positivity rate of 6.1
Who got infected: State officials reported new cases among the following ages: 0-9 (16); 10-19 (42); 20-29 (85); 30-39 (82); 40-49 (57); 50-59 (30); 60-69 (30); 70-79 (16); 80 and older (8).
Who’s in the hospital: The state on Thursday reported that 140 Oregonians are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, which is 16 more since Wednesday and the highest level in three months. On average, hospitalizations continue to increase, but hundreds of hospital beds and ventilators remain available.
Since it began: Oregon has now reported 11,188 total cases of the coronavirus and 230 deaths. In all, 281,519 people have been tested.
– Bryce Dole; [email protected]; 541-660-9844; @DoleBryce
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