Coronavirus in Oregon: 1 new death, more than 2,250 known cases


Oregon officials said Saturday 1 new death from the new coronavirus and 76 new cases, bringing the total number of deaths to 87 and known cases to 2,253.

The Oregon Health Authority reported the latest death was a 59-year-old man from Lane County who had underlying health conditions. He tested positive on April 14 and died Friday at the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, the agency said in a statement.

Coronavirus cases have been linked to 31 of 36 state counties. The five counties with no known cases – Baker, Gilliam, Harney, Lake and Wheeler – are in central or eastern Oregon and have a total population of approximately 34,000.

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Multnomah is still at the top of the list of counties with the best known cases, 623. It is followed by Washington County (459), Marion (432), Clackamas (201) and Deschutes and Linn (both at 71).

The dead were between 41 and 98 years old, according to the information available. The average age is 78 years old. All but one had an underlying health problem at the time of their death, according to state health officials.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, at least 536 of the state’s COVID-19 patients, or about 24%, were hospitalized at some point during their illness. Twenty-three of those who tested positive are currently on respirators.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that hypertension, obesity, chronic lung disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease were among the most common underlying conditions in COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization.

At least 43 of the state’s coronavirus deaths are people associated with nursing homes for the aged in Oregon, state officials said.

Nationwide, more than 928,000 Americans tested positive for COVID-19 while the death toll exceeded 53,000, including at least 692 deaths in Washington.


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