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Oregon reports 8 more COVID-19 deaths, including Deschutes County’s 12th

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125 new cases reported as statewide death toll nears 500

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- COVID-19 has claimed eight more lives in Oregon, including Deschutes County's 12th death, raising the state’s death toll to 494, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday.

OHA also reported 125 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, bringing the state's total to 28,471 cases and 565,606 negative test results.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (7), Columbia (1), Curry (1), Deschutes (1), Jackson (7), Jefferson (1), Josephine (3), Klamath (1), Lane (11), Linn (11), Malheur (11), Marion (23), Morrow (2), Multnomah (22), Polk (2), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (5), Union (1), Washington (10), and Yamhill (1).

Crook County has reported 59 COVID-19 cases, one death and 2,354 negative test results. Deschutes County has had 706 cases, 12 deaths and 25,717 negative test results. Jefferson County reported 477 cases, seven deaths and 4,348 negative test results.

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

Oregon’s 487th COVID-19 death is a 96-year-old woman in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 14 and died on Aug.10 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 488th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on August 25 and died on Sept. 3 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 489th COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 3 and died on Sept. 5 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 490th COVID-19 death is a 49-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on July 17 and died on Sept. 4 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 491st COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old man in Malheur County who tested positive on Aug. 24 and died on Sept. 6 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 492nd COVID-19 death is a 97-year-old woman in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 16 and died on Sept. 8 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 493rd COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old man in Morrow County who tested positive on Aug. 7 and died on Sept. 4 at Good Shepherd Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 494th COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Aug. 23 and died on Aug. 30 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19

With air quality very poor across the state due to wildfires, OHA reminds Oregonians that exposure to smoke and other forms of pollution can increase the risk and severity of respiratory infections, including possibly COVID-19.

When smoke is heavy, the key protection strategy is to lessen exposure to the smoke, particularly for people who have a condition that makes them more sensitive. People can do this by staying inside at home, getting and using an air filter, and spending time in a cleaner air space. For those who are asked to evacuate or those who choose to leave home to go to an area with cleaner air, remember to take and use a face covering along with hand sanitizer and to practice physical distancing from non-household members.

If it’s safe to do so, staying home to lessen exposure to wildfire smoke also lessens the risk for contracting COVID-19. Further information on how to protect against wildfire smoke can be found at

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response 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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  1. took a month to report the 12th death here did her family lose her? or did they take that long to come up with that she underlying issues and whether or not it should be listed as covid death? any insights Barney?

    1. It’s not unusual for the data to take days, even weeks to show in their tallies, for a variety of reasons. If Deschutes County Health has more to share, we’ll add it. But as always, federal patient privacy laws can restrict what they can release to the public.

  2. More like 93/94% of the deaths were people already on deaths door and died from their underlying conditions and just happened to have covid. Doctors being forced to put covid on the death certificate as a result. Could you imagine how many flu deaths there would be if it was calculated this way? It’s been reported that a number of the ones that died at Memory Care in Bend were already on end of life care.

    1. You are right- there’s no way that it takes almost 6-8 weeks to finalize a cause of death !

      This has become a national scandal that will be exposed a year or so down the road.

        1. exactly those other countries have smaller numbers because they are honest about their covid cases because they are not trying to manipulate their citizens in future elections

        2. Are you not aware that the “Global Average” for number of deaths per 1 million population is-
          (116) !

          The USA today sits at (590) !!! Lead by Democrat strongholds-

          New Jersey- (1816)
          New York- (1702)
          Massachusetts (1327)
          Rhode Island and Connecticut- Both over (1000) !

          Democrats didn’t “invent” the virus… it came from China.

          The Democants however- invented the hoax- the charade- the incompetent response to this “mild” virus… and they fed it to their gullible masses and sheep like followers- I guess like you.

          looks like its time for you to get a new handle- that “scientist” one just got scorched !

    1. Try to understand rather than simply discounting the facts about how the virus (and other viruses) are carried, and how smoke can aid in making the body vulnerable to infection(s).

      1. Dumb Bunny has made that accusation twice now- both times relying on a personal attack instead of discussing where the lack of “understanding” lies.

        DB is the kinda poker player that sits at the table all night trying to bluff you out of your chips with his pocket deuces ! In the end- the Dumb Bunnies of our world walk away with their pockets emptied wearing an old beer barrel for clothes… DB will insist he’s the smartest bunny in the room- as he works the room looking to steal tips off the casino lunch counter- a real loser !

    2. Over it – You are right. quote – “If it’s safe to do so, staying home to lessen exposure to wildfire smoke also lessens the risk for CONTRACTING COVID-19.” I can understand English, and this sentence says that “If you increase your exposure to wildfire smoke, you also increase your likelihood of CONTRACTING Covid-19”. Emphasis on “contracting” – not suffering more from it, which makes perfect sense, but initially being infected with it. Excuse me, but wildfire smoke does not contain the virus. This kind of wording is everywhere now – it is an outright lie – subtle, but still a lie. Almost everything I read or hear in the news now is riddled with these little, sometimes hard to detect, lies.
      (former copy editor)

    3. I can see the commercials now smoky the bear with a mask on or on a ventilator with fur falling out saying through coughs only you can prevent wildfires and dying from covid 19. What is next in the fearmongering Barney. What do you think the reasons for the delay are barneygets his wish

  3. The media is in the scare business. If there is any possible way to make something bigger and more shocking they will do it.
    This will all go away when the State of Emergency expires on Nov. 3, which of course is also election day.

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