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Marion County reports first COVID-19 death, fourth in Oregon

Oregon coronavirus MGN

(Update: Fourth Oregon COVID-19 death reported in Marion County)

26 new cases as Deschutes County tally rises to 8; 17 counties report cases

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Marion County Friday evening reported its first death from COVID-19, Oregon's fourth death from the viral outbreak.

County officials said they won't release patient information "for the family's privacy."

"Marion County Health and Human Services continues to take necessary, carefully considered steps to slow down the spread of the disease and to protect those at greatest risk," the announcement said.

"Our top priority continues to be protecting the health of our community. It is critical that individuals and organizations take action to slow the spread of the virus and follow the guidance and recommendations from health care professionals."

County Commissioner and Chairman Colm Willis said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, and we ask everyone to continue to take necessary precautions to minimize your exposure to COVID-19.”

Earlier, the Oregon Health Authority reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday -- including two in Deschutes County -- the biggest statewide increase in a single day, bringing the total to 114, as of 8:30 a.m. Josephine County later reported its first case, raising the daily total to 27 and overall to 115.

The new COVID-19 cases reported Friday by OHA were in the following counties: Clackamas (4), Deschutes (2), Grant (1), Linn (1), Marion (4), Multnomah (5), Union (1), Washington (6), Yamhill (2).

OHA reports new cases once a day on its website:

The cases in Grant and Union counties are their first, and brought to 16 the number of Oregon counties to report cases of COVID-19.

Later Friday, Josephine County reported its first COVID-19 case, bringing the tally to 115 and number of counties with cases to 17, or nearly half of the state's 36 counties.

The most have been in Washington County, with 31 cases, followed by Linn County with 19, Marion County's 17 cases, 12 in Multnomah County and 10 in Clackamas County. Deschutes County has now had eight cases reported.

The state also reported 2,003 negative COVID-19 test results as of Friday and another 433 tests that are pending.

Of the 114 Oregon COVID-19 cases, 66 involved people 55 and older, 34 in the 35-54 age range, six 25-34, four 18-24 and four 17 or younger.

The OHA recently added these footnotes to the numbers:

OHA updates this data daily. Updates include:

  • Cases from the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory​.
  • Cases from commercial and out-of-state laboratories.
  • Cases and deaths by county.
  • Cases by age group.


  1. Because community transmission is occurring in Oregon and recommendations on social distancing are in place, as of March 17, we no longer report daily counts of persons under monitoring.
  2. Confirmation by CDC of laboratory results from the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory is no longer required; therefore as of March 15, we no longer note the number of CDC-confirmed cases.
  3. Reporting of travel history and nature of illness is not available for cases reported to OHA by commercial laboratories; therefore as of March 15, we no longer include information about travel or hospitalization status.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead 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.

Barney Lerten

Barney is the digital content director for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Barney here.



        1. Let me be clear, KTVZ is not my primary, secondary, or even tertiary source of information. As Barney has been telling you, the information breakdown isn’t coming from normal sources. At none of the government levels are they releasing the information you’re asking for, therefore, the MSM doesn’t have that information. There is information like what you are asking Barney for, but it isn’t for the US numbers . . . YET! Give Barney a break and quit asking for the information that isn’t available to him, you, or me. You might be able, which as of right now, ain’t going to happen, trying asking the OHA . . . Don’t hold your breath, as none of us will get those answers until OHA/CDC/etc. release it.

          1. Don’t know if ya don’t ask !

            I still expect reporters to go out and get stories- not sit back and expect to be spoon-fed whatever narrative or political point some of these pushers of propaganda may have.

            Pretty clear by now- my major beef is the constant overlapping of news and opinion- you come at me with opinion disguised as news- yer gonna get an earful- and CNN is the worst ! I see no reason to parrot their garbage here and rot the minds of the less demanding.

            Wake up people and be just a tad bit smarter today then you were yesterday.

            1. Its great that we now have a “war time president” “fighting a dangerous foe” according to the White house. That will help fend off the “flattening of the virus, bat flu, china flu etc…. curve” You’re soooo good for a laugh sweetie!!!!!!!

        2. Alexander asked, “What do you say to Americans who are scared, though? I guess, nearly 200 dead, 14,000 who are sick, millions — as you witnessed — who are scared right now. What do you say to Americans who are watching right now who are scared?”

          Trump “I say that you’re a terrible reporter, that’s what I say.”

          1. So here’s the quote in it’s entirety-

            “Is it possible that your impulse to put a false spin on things… is giving Americans false hope”

            Gee Martha- is it possible that your impulse to go all ape poo crazy- is driving Central Oregonians off the loony tunes edge ???

            I guarantee yer grinding yer teeth right now- would love to be able to deliver a knock out blow- cause at the end of the day- we just don’t like each other’s politics ! Yours have helped drive the state of Oregon into damn near insolvency- mine have tried to stop the economic carnage. We’re just gonna have to agree to disagree !

            1. Gee….how about the rest of it, Trumps answer to that question? “No, I don’t think so,”
              Remember, it’s just all a hoax propagated by the Democrats/just a cold/it will all be gone soon/The FDA is immediately releasing a cure. Trump’s tried and true behavior of feeding the masses BS isn’t working with this virus. Its not stopping it, it’s spreading exponentially and people are getting sick by the thousands and some are dying… haven’t seen ‘ape poo crazy’ yet!

        3. Alexander gave Dotard 45 an opportunity to be a compassionate leader and reassure the American people who face an uncertain future. The question was posed without bias or rancor. But Trump chose instead to bash a reporter for asking a legitimate question, once again proving he is out of touch with ordinary Americans and lacks the care and empathy every great leader has. Pence was able to see the opportunity to reassure when asked the same question later in the press conference, and he answered it like a caring leader should. Of course, by doing so, he may bring the Dotard’s wrath on him, maybe enough to seal a deal on a Trump-Haley ticket? Look out Mike, here comes a bus with a piece of cardboard with Covid-19 written in Sharpie, hanging by some duct tape under the Trump Busline printed on the side.

          1. Your anti-Trump TDS B***S*** is getting tiring! You seriously need mental health ASAP! Even the Governors of CA and NY have been praising Trump for the job he’s doing in regards to CONVID – 19. Get a grip and turn yourself in to mental health . . .

          2. “The question was posed without bias or rancor.”

            If what you say is true- than what inspired this follow up question by Alexander ?

            “Is it possible that your impulse to put a false spin on things… is giving Americans false hope”

            Clearly Alexander didn’t like the President’s “positive and encouraging” message- and decided to insert his own opinion with “your impulse- false spin- false hope”.

            What data or scientific research paper is Alexander quoting ? Where did Alexander find the evidence to support his “American’s have false hope” accusation ?

            If you want purveyors of gloom and doom- calculated ignorance of other issues of the day- 99.9% negativity about the President and his administration- you will get all that here at KTVZ- including a flood of information where you can now go to seek professional assistance with your “Mental Health” issues. Or- you can just turn it off- go outside- plow a field or two and prepare for the spring planting season… I’m willin’ to bet you stay right here and wallow in self pity.

      1. Yeh- But I wanna know !

        These two new cases in Deschutes… are they part of the “at risk” group- or from Millennials forward.

        This is important to know- so local news agencies and social programs can target their messaging more accurately. One of the biggest problems on the East Coast last week was “spring break” college student’s headed for Florida to party… whatever messages were being sent in NY/Jersey/Virginia- all missed their target. It wasn’t until large masses of young people arrived- did the Governor decide to shut it down. He was clearly under the impression that young people on the Eastern sea board knew all about the Wuhan Bat Virus.

        I see the same mistake here in CO- “the at risk” elderly population is clearly out and about- and are not staying at home- I witnessed it first hand yesterday- and believe that Kate Brown’s failure to target them first- will lead to further confusion. Seems the East Coast did the opposite- the younger generations didn’t get the message- out here- it’s the older folks !

        1. I added the footnotes showing on that page that you can visit any time, to make clear what they are and are not releasing. Folks still have some federally protected privacy rights, especially with the online mob mentality you so expertly identify with.

          1. KTVZ, thank you for keeping the public informed during this real time and ever evolving crisis. We appreciate the efforts of all involved. It’s definitely not easy…🙏🏼

        2. So, like Barney keeps telling you, call OHA and ask them for the breakdown by county/by age. Oh wait, let me save you some time . . . I’ll bet Barney has asked them multiple times and they’ve refused to give him that information . . . They won’t give it to you either!

        3. Asking the president questions without his pryor approval is totally wrong. That is why “the free press is the number one enemy of the American people” comrade. So Don’t worry sweetie, just stick with infowars you’ll feel soooo much better!!
          Golf anyone!!!!

  1. Stay calm, stay home, enjoy the time off! It’s still just getting started and far from the peak for a while yet. Don’t hoard, don’t panic buy, and don’t fall for scams/price gouging.

    1. Agreed ! Looking at the China timeline- they had 9-10 days from the first real surge before things settled… I have us at day one today… but when trying to factor in New York or California- those people just won’t listen !

  2. I will tell you barneygetshiswishsays. I am a 46 year old male who lives in Redmond,OR. I have a full time job. I got sick last week. I have been home since 3/12/2020. I waited 5 days before I went to the doctor. they did a chest x-ray and swabbed my nose for the regular flu. My symptoms have been coughing, shortness of breath, headache, earache, stomach ache and stiff neck and shoulders. I haven’t had a fever at all. those tests they ran on me and the diagnosis all came back negative. two days later the doctor office called me today. they asked me how I was feeling. I told them same symptoms and nothing has changed for the better. so then they ask me to drive down to the doctors office because now they want to test me for an upper respiratory infection. so I go and have a swab jammed down my left nostril all the way down to my separator. I wait all day for the results. finally get a call. I was told that the test came back negative. So I ask what is the next step. they want me to stay home for another week. I asked the person on the phone if the test that they gave is the same test that they would test for the bat flu. they said yes. I asked them well why in the hell didn’t you guys send off to the CDC and have it tested. I was told that I don’t fit the criteria for age and fever to have it tested. so now I’m at a loss. nobody can tell me why I feel like crap. I cant go back to work until I’m cleared to. I am absolutely pissed off and frustrated beyond words. All I want to do is get back to my essential job and work. pretty simple request.

    1. Don’t expect big fat lyin “its a hoax” donnie to help you. Are you a socialist?? No?? Yes?? If not then take care of yourself and quit whining!!

      1. Unclefester, just go suck your light bulb already. you are of no worth to anyone at this time. Your rhetoric means nothing and only shows your lack of sensitivity and compassion. Dig a hole and crawl in it

    2. Head straight for the doctors office without a mask. Tell them you’ll be there in about 10 minutes and that they can all join you in being quarantined

  3. All this media induced hysteria has caused Americans (who are not going to stay home) to take their eye off the ball for our real concern… don’t believe me ? Here’s your updated CDC report for…

    The Common Seasonal Flu (virus B)

    “Laboratory confirmed flu activity as reported by clinical laboratories continued to decrease; however, influenza-like illness activity increased. Influenza severity indicators remain moderate to low overall, but hospitalization rates differ by age group, with high rates among children and young adults.”

    Translation… “lab confirmed” cases are decreasing due to the lack of testing- all resources are going towards the Wuhan Bat virus. The big concern-

    “with high rates among children and young adults.”

    To quote the CDC- “The percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza is 7.1%, below the epidemic threshold of 7.3%.”

    To summarize- if you are outside the “at risk” population for Wuhan Bat- Young Adults and Children are still at near epidemic proportions for the common pneumonia or influenza… which has killed 149 children this season alone !

    Everyone… MuGuWu !!!

    1. Again and again, there is a vaccine for the flu and not for this Virus. A lot of those deaths could have been prevented. There is no vaccine or cure for this virus. Maybe you need to put that in perceptive and the fact that we are now at almost 20,000 in the US and increasing hourly.

      And as usual you are distorting the facts or posting misinformation……..“Laboratory confirmed flu activity as reported by clinical laboratories continued to decrease; however, influenza-like illness activity increased. Influenza severity indicators remain moderate to low overall, but hospitalization rates differ by age group, with high rates among children and young adults.” CDC

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