Coronavirus in Oregon: New COVID-19 cases exceed 1,500 again as infections set another statewide record

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Oregon reported 1,517 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, a daily record and on the second day in a row, the state’s total exceeded 1,500.

“Oregon is on a steep and steep course with increasing coronavirus cases,” Oregon Health Authority director Patrick Allen said in a written statement. “But we are not helpless in the face of this virus. Because it’s up to us to slow the spread. Your choices make a difference. “

Coronavirus cases are skyrocketing in Oregon and across the country. The state is currently averaging nearly 1,200 new cases a day over the past week, about triple the weekly average for Oregon just a month ago.

Sunday marked the fourth day in a row, Oregon set a new record.

Governor Kate Brown has called on Oregon residents to do more to slow the spread of the disease. “Together we can turn the tide,” Brown wrote on Twitter.

Health officials did not update the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Sunday, but that daily total rose above 400 at the end of last week – also about three times the number of hospitalizations a months earlier.

The Oregonian / OregonLive began asking the Oregon Health Authority on Nov. 9 to release weekend hospitalization data. So far, the agency has not agreed to do so, although a spokesperson said it was under consideration.

Oregon reported just one new death from COVID-19 on Sunday, a 65-year-old man, marking the state’s 820th death from the disease. The state said it did not yet have information on where he died or if he had any underlying health issues.

Brown implemented a statewide “freeze” on Wednesday in an effort to contain the disease. It has limited social gatherings to a maximum of six people, gyms and catering in bars and restaurants.

Oregon health officials are urging people not to travel this holiday week and forgo large Thanksgiving gatherings. They attribute the spike in cases to reckless social gatherings, in which people congregate indoors with people outside their families and without masks to prevent them from spreading possible infections.

“The safest, wisest, and most considerate way to protect the people you love is to keep your Thanksgiving dinner small and limited to one other household next to yours,” Allen said on Sunday. “Make a vacation unforgettable, no time to regret. “

Oregon’s frost lasts for at least two weeks, except in Multnomah County, where the outbreak is particularly severe. Oregon’s largest county will be subject to a freezing order for at least four weeks.

As of Sunday, Multnomah County accounted for more than a third of reported coronavirus cases. It represents less than 20% of the state’s population.

Where new cases are by county: Benton (7), Clackamas (207), Clatsop (7), Columbia (8), Coos (9), Crook (6), Deschutes (38), Douglas (12), Grant (15), Hood River (6) , Jackson (55), Jefferson (8), Josephine (14), Klamath (53), Lake (6), Lane (64), Lincoln (1), Linn (27), Malheur (16), Marion (183) , Morrow (7), Multnomah (516), Polk (26), Umatilla (47), Union (5), Wasco (11), Washington (128) et Yamhill (35).

New deaths: The 820th death is a 65-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on November 15, the same day he died. Authorities said they had not determined where he died or whether he suffered from any underlying health conditions.

Since he started: Oregon has reported 65,170 confirmed or suspected infections and 820 deaths, still among the lowest totals in the country. To date, 944,444 Oregonians have been tested.

– Mike Rogoway

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