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Two more Oregonians die of COVID-19, bring total to 3

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State officials say number of positive cases has risen to 75

(Update: Adding county, age range breakdowns)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from the novel coronavirus to three, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday morning.

The two cases are a 60-year-old woman in Lane County, who died at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend on Saturday, March 14, and a 71-year-old man in Washington County who died on Tuesday, March 17 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

The Lane County resident tested positive for the virus Tuesday, while the Washington County resident received a positive result on Monday. Both had underlying medical conditions.

They are among a total of 75 people in Oregon who have now been confirmed to have COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. That includes 10 new cases that were confirmed statewide Wednesday in these counties: Benton (1), Lane (2), Marion (4), Washington, (2) and Yamhill (1).

According to the latest OHA data, another 1,118 tests have come back negative and 361 are pending.

Of the 14 counties with positive COVID-19 cases, Washington has had the most, at 23, followed by Linn with 15, Marion with eight and Clackamas and Deschutes with six each.

As for age range, 47 of those testing positive are 55 and older, 19 in the 35-to-54 age range, one in the 25-to-34 age range, four in the 18-to-24 age range and four who are 17 or younger.

“We are saddened at the news of these additional lives lost in Oregon due to COVID-19,” said Patrick Allen, OHA director. “These deaths only strengthen our resolve to slow the spread of this disease in our communities. We are in this together.”

Washington County Health Officer Christina Baumann, M.D., M.P.H., said, “We are sad to learn of the first death in our county due to COVID-19. Our hearts go out to his family during this time. We are committed to slowing down the spread of this disease and to protecting those most vulnerable among us.”

Patrick Luedtke, M.D., M.P.H., Lane County senior public health officer, said, “First and foremost, we are deeply saddened by the loss of our community member. We ask that our community members, and the greater Oregon community, show kindness and compassion for the family of the deceased at this time. We are absolutely committed to preventing future death through slowing the spread of COVID-19.”

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    1. March 10th in a CBS news interview- their professional medical pundit said-
      “A bad flu season is 80,000 dead, we’ve got about 18,000 dead from influenza this year, we have a hundred from corona. Which should you be worried about influenza or Corona? A hundred versus 18,000? It’s not a trick question.”
      So there ya go.

  1. So there ya go. How many people that tested negative, and were sent on their merry way, are/were actually positive and are/were spreading it?

  2. 60 and 71 years of age- should have been isolated from the general public a months ago when word first came out of China and the illness was taking root in Washington.
    Instead Democant Goveronor Kate Brown waited until just three days ago to address this highly vulnerable population- instead- Kate targeted the healthiest of our population- in the schools and and at work- and Executive Ordered a complete meltdown of the Oregon economy- while neighboring states have “still” not mandated (by threat of criminal action) a complete shut down of their businesses. So don’t argue that poor misguided Kate had no options ! Don’t tell me that the US President commanded that Oregon cease and desist all business- stop looking for excuses to explain Kate Brown’s historically poor judgement… it’s on Kate and only Kate and forever Kate !

    1. quit fear-mongering. You know as well as anyone that this is less serious than the flu yet all you do is try to use this platform to promote your political agenda. You have no shame! How do you think the families of the children we have lost to the flu feel? You need to be taken behind the woodshed by uncle joe!

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