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Oregon reports 11th COVID-19 death, 5 new Deschutes cases for 316 total statewide

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State offers new, detailed reports; ER visits decline, some hopeful models under stay-home order

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- COVID-19 has claimed another life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 11, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday. But they also reported some early signs of hope that the stay-home order and other steps are slowing spread of the virus in the state.

OHA also reported 50 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 316, as of 8:00 a.m. Thursday.

The COVID-19 cases reported Thursday are in the following counties: Clatsop (1), Deschutes (5, for a total of 15), Josephine (2), Lane (2), Linn (1), Marion (14), Multnomah (12), Polk (3), Tillamook (1), Wasco (1), and Washington (8).

Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website and today new demographic information was added: : www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s 11th COVID-19 death is a 69-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on March 15 and died Wednesdsay at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

The Oregon Health Authority is now releasing the daily situation status report, which is produced jointly with Oregon Office of Emergency Management. It details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak and the response across government agencies.

Among elements of the seven-page report are a total of 316 positive test results and 6,953 negative ones.

On the OHA COVID-19 page, the county breakdowns show Deschutes County has had 15 positive cases and 130 negative results, Crook County has had six tests, all negative, and Jefferson County has had nine tests, all negative.

The OHA page also, for the first time, lists hospital capacity statewide: 362 available ICU beds, 2,193 available non-ICY beds and 684 ventilators.

The daily report notes that COVID-like symptom visits still making up a small percentage of reported ER visits, and that total ER visits might be declining, but the percentage of visits for COVID-like symptoms is generally on the rise.

The "Health & Medical Lifeline Summary" indicates a "projected influx to Oregon hospitals in the coming week if infection rates continue will cause significant surge and personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage throughout the region."

But at an afternoon teleconference with reporters, state health officials said if Oregonians stay home and follow the other directives, models indicate the hospitals could handle the load of patients with available resources.

However, they also noted a sharp drop in recent hospital visits, including emergency departments, and a resulting revenue loss that could be 40-60% in some cases, which could lead to possible staff layoffs.

There are early indications that the steps taken by the state and residents may be slowing the spread of COVID-19, though it will likely take weeks to confirm, said Dr. Dean Sidelinger of the Oregon Health Authority.

Sidelinger said if roughly 8-9 of 10 follow the directives related to social distancing, the case count could remain under 500 who are ill in early May, with abouy 20 percent (100 people) needing hospitalization and a subset of them needing intensive care.

"So those numbers are small, but do depend on a lot of factors," Sidelinger said. "We know without social distancing, cases will increase dramatically in the next 2-3 weeks," as seen in places like New York City.

"We want to make sure we get to a point where we don't do that dramatic increase, that we see see slow increases or hopefully decreases," he said.

Read more of the daily report here: https://govsite-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/SLdyToaAQ2i1P0EsaL7t_Oregon-COVID-19-SitStat-03-26-2020-FINAL.pdf

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

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      1. I saw the word “transparency” somewhere up there… The Oregon Health Authority will not release the number of yearly seasonal flu deaths (attributed to the A and B virus)- but they are all in on reporting the few deaths in Oregon associated with the Wuhan China corona virus.

        Not picking a fight here- but do you know why there is a lack of transparency when it comes to terms of the regular seasonal flu bug ?

        1. Give it a break. First, people generally die from a flu related illness not the flu itself so their death certificate is not going to say flu as cause of death. Second, why is this information so crucial to you? I realize you think this is all nonsense but we just surpassed China and Italy in confirmed cases. The US had 225 new deaths on Tues, 247 on Wed and we’re now at 174 new and still counting for today. At this rate we will more than surpass the 20,000 flu related deaths in the US. In the next 10 months. Will you be happy then?

          1. So far all of the deaths from the Wuhan flu are folks with “underlying medical issues” so what will be their cause of death – the underlying issue or the flu?

            1. The Wuhan virus will be the cause of death- the media and Demon-crats need a death count to justify the inexcusable assault on the President’s economy. Even Andrew Cuomo is now second-guessing his approach- one that Kate Brown started- one that I clearly rejected.

              New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that his stay-at-home order for the entirety of New York State was “probably not the best public health strategy.”

              In a press conference in Albany, Cuomo said the smartest way forward would be a public health strategy that complemented a “get-back-to-work strategy.”

              “What we did was we closed everything down. That was our public health strategy. Just close everything, all businesses, old workers, young people, old people, short people, tall people,” said Cuomo. “Every school closed, everything.”

              “If you rethought that or had time to analyze that public health strategy, I don’t know that you would say quarantine everyone,” Cuomo admitted. “I don’t even know that that was the best public health policy. Young people then quarantined with older people was probably not the best public health strategy because the younger people could have been exposing the older people to an infection.“

              Let’s not forget also- that I was savagely abused by the local peanut gallery and the head roaster for my “Stay Home- Stay Stupid-Go Broke” attitude. Even threatened with being banned- no more reindeer games for sure ! and so far- not a single one of those loudmouths have admitted that they were wrong… reminds me of a dream I had…

              “So he makes it back and when everybody hears his story, they start to realize maybe they were a little hard on the misfits.
              Maybe misfits have a place, too.
              Even Barney realizes that maybe he was wrong.
              BGHW, I promise, as soon as this storm lets up, I’ll find homes for all those misfit toys.”

              Sigh !

          2. “people generally die from a flu related illness not the flu itself”

            Then according to your explanation- there will be no category titled “Flu deaths” on the CDC webpage !

            But alas- there is sugar bums ! And today it says there are between 24,000 – 62,000
            flu deaths so far this flu season- between October 1 and March 21.

            The reason this info is important is to try and find out why our state would not post the details of the number of deaths in Oregon. As I’ve said- the Kate Brown administration allows for a certain number of flu related deaths- including children… yeh- children- you remember them- but just don’t care ???

            Anyway- Kate flattened our Oregon economy when she didn’t have to- 5 Wuhan Bat virus deaths does not make for an epidemic ! And like Cuomo- if she had not gone into girly hysterics- and rationally examined the data in front of her- she would have closed nursing homes and senior living centers as soon as the outbreak hit Washington- and the “at risk” population was identified… she didn’t ! Instead she locked down schools first- businesses- all while leaving the elderly (grandma and grandpa) exposed.

            Now in hindsight- Cuomo is admitting he made a mistake- Kate Brown just doubles down on the unnecessary harm to our Oregon economy- which will result in social ills you can’t even imagine !

            Oregon has 414 cases of Wuhan since January- we had 768 normal flu virus cases in a single week in March ! Why is this so hard for you to understand ? Because you think the US is somehow like Italy- Spain or Iran ??? Nonsense !

            MuGuWu-Sa ! And get back to work !

    1. Martial law? If she had enacted Martial Law we wouldn’t have all the vacationers here and still coming in. But then when you have the local Property Management companies advertising how Sunriver is a great place to wait out the Virus maybe she should have declared Martial Law!

      1. “If she had enacted Martial Law we wouldn’t have all the vacationers here and still coming in.”

        You posted that yesterday- but as you now know- as of today- vacationers will be met by Kate’s Jack-boots and Brown shirts as they come over the passes !

        I heard they are posting new signs out there- “Welcome to 1919” !

        History buffs will recognize the time reference to September 1919- when Adolf Hitler’s rise to power began when he joined the political party known as the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei – DAP (The German Workers’ Party). Pretty sad when I am forced to accurately make a Nazi reference !

        The rest they say is Heil History !

    1. That has not been released for any Oregon cases, except when someone self-discloses, as we’ve reported, and for some of the deaths (not all), for patient privacy reasons (and they balance that with public safety, as we’ve reported – for example, if someone visited a theater or other crowded place). Because social media everyday how many could be hurt unfairly by release of info not permitted under HIPAA, etc.

      1. Kate Brown has removed the decision making process from your life. You have been ordered- by threat of criminal charges to stay home. Schools are closed- stay home. Bars and Restaurants closed- Stay home. Public parks- camp grounds- ski resorts all Closed- Stay Home !

        No matter how they word it- you are essentially under house arrest… but Martha and Barney will still try to tell you that this is not Martial Law- No siree- then its clearly a violation of your civil liberties. Either declare it or start throwing people in the gulags !

    2. “Where in Deschutes county. What towns?”

      Your town !

      Stay Home- Stay Stupid- go Broke !

      New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that his stay-at-home order for the entirety of New York State was “probably not the best public health strategy.”

      In a press conference in Albany, Cuomo said the smartest way forward would be a public health strategy that complemented a “get-back-to-work strategy.”

      “What we did was we closed everything down. That was our public health strategy. Just close everything, all businesses, old workers, young people, old people, short people, tall people,” said Cuomo. “Every school closed, everything.”

      “If you rethought that or had time to analyze that public health strategy, I don’t know that you would say quarantine everyone,” Cuomo admitted. “I don’t even know that that was the best public health policy. Young people then quarantined with older people was probably not the best public health strategy because the younger people could have been exposing the older people to an infection. “

      1. Great cherry-picking, as usual. Yes, a stay-at-home policy is not the best strategy. What is probably better would be to get the Dump administration to use what “war powers” he has to provide the medical equipment necessary to respond to the cases we have and to protect those that are not yet infected. Wussy that he is, he’ll leave that up to the individual states and then claim that he had nothing to do with whatever fallout occurs.

        1. Because recoveries provide hope and assurance that the doomsday predictions are all a lot of hot air- and hot air is what is fueling the hoax.

          The opposite is true with the number of deaths associated with the common seasonal flu bug- those numbers are much higher- and if Oregonians really knew how high- they would be demanding some kind of response from the Oregon health authority yearly- and up until now- our Governor Kate Brown has been willing to accept a large number of deaths just to keep the economy rolling- so what made her change her mind with the Wuhan? The Orangeman Bad maybe??? Yup !

  1. “Crook County has had six tests, all negative, and Jefferson County has had nine tests, all negative.”

    OK- 15 people out there that showed symptoms of the Wuhan Bat virus enough to confuse their doctors- all test negative !

    So what exactly is it that these 15 have- My guess is the normal flu- or some kind of pneumonia. So imagine the outcry if suddenly there were an additional 15 new cases of the Wuhan virus here in small town America… KTVZ would be sounding the alarms- everyone in the closet- the boogeyman has arrived ! But gee- since it’s only the common flu- that has killed 18-20 thousand Americans so far this year… ignore it !

    Stay Home- Stay Stupid- Go Broke !

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