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Oregon reports 1 more COVID-19 death; 227 new cases, lower positive test rate

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(Update: Adding weekly testing summary)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) --  COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 357, along with 227 new cases, 20 of them in Central Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority reported Monday.

Oregon Health Authority reported 227 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, bringing the state total to 21,488 cases, along with 429,244 negative test results.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Monday are in the following counties: Baker (2), Clackamas (10), Columbia (1), Crook (2), Deschutes (7), Hood River (2), Jackson (8), Jefferson (11), Lane (5), Lincoln (2), Linn (3), Malheur (21), Marion (27), Morrow (15), Multnomah (45), Polk (6), Umatilla (15), Washington (37), and Yamhill (8).

Crook County has had 49 cases, one death and 1,810 negative test results. Deschutes County has had 611 cases, 10 deaths and 19,481 negative test results. Jefferson County has had 371 cases, four deaths and 3,497 negative test results.

St. Charles Health System reported eight COVID-19 patients as of 7:30 a.m. Monday, two of whom were in the ICU and on ventilators.

Oregon’s 357th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 29 and died on August 5 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Later Monday, OHA released its Weekly Testing Summary, which showed that the week of Aug. 2-8, 25,744 tests were reported. Of those tests, 1,380, or 5.4 percent were positive, down from the 6.3 percent rate a week earlier.

This week, OHA has begun using specimen collection date as its denominator for COVID-19 test results, including percentage positivity, across all of OHA’s reported testing data.

This change means testing data will be reported based on the date/week in which specimens were collected. These products include the Tableau data dashboards summarizing percent positivity by county, the overall percent positivity in Oregon, the data for metrics relating to schools reopening, as well as this Weekly Testing Summary and the Weekly Report.

The data in these various products will not shift significantly as a result of this change, officials said.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

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