(Update: New info from Deschutes County, Mt. Bachelor Memory Care)
Total of 9 COVID-19 deaths in Deschutes County, State reports six more deaths, for total of 322; 17 new cases in C.O.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Three more residents of Mt. Bachelor Memory Care in Bend have died from COVID-19, bringing the total to six at a facility where 64 staff and residents have tested positive in an outbreak of the virus, facility and Deschutes County health officials said Friday.
The Oregon Health Authority, meanwhile, reported Friday COVID-19 has claimed six more lives, raising the state’s death toll to 322.
Friday's OHA list included two recent Deschutes County deaths, though only one was a resident at Mt. Bachelor Memory Care, Deschutes County Health services spokeswoman Morgan Emerson said.
However, Emerson and a representative of Mt. Bachelor Memory Care confirmed there have now been six COVID-19-related deaths at the facility as of Friday, five of whom were on hospice care before the pandemic hit.
Mallory DaCosta, regional vice president with Mt. Bachelor Memory care’s managers, Frontier Management, provided a statement to NewsChannel 21.
"We are saddened to confirm the passing of three residents in association to the COVID-19 virus," she said. "Like three others who have passed recently, these three individuals had been in hospice care before the pandemic due to underlying, unrelated health conditions."
"This virus has caused challenges around the world, but we continue to aggressively implement disinfection practices, hand-washing, social distancing and mask/face shield use," DaCosta wrote.
"It appears that the number of positive cases is declining, and although health departments do not report recovery numbers for at least 60 days, we can share that most staff and residents who tested positive in our community are showing significant signs of recovery,” DaCosta added. “We continue to care for our residents while fighting this unprecedented virus."
The OHA also reported 373 new confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 cases, as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, including 17 in Central Oregon, for a total of 18,492 cases, along with 385,701 negative test results.
The new cases reported Friday are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (3), Clackamas (22), Crook (2), Deschutes (9), Douglas (3), Gilliam (1), Hood River (3), Jackson (17), Jefferson (6), Josephine (1), Klamath (8), Lane (17), Lincoln (6), Linn (5), Malheur (12), Marion (44), Morrow (20), Multnomah (77), Polk (6), Sherman (1), Umatilla (40), Union (2), Wasco (2), Washington (45), and Yamhill (18).
Central Oregon has now had 13 reported deaths related to COVID-19, including 11 reported so far by the OHA, who listed the new deaths in this manner:
Oregon’s 317th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old woman in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 28, in her residence. The presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
Oregon’s 318th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old man in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 7 and died on July 29. Location of death is being confirmed. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 319th COVID-19 death is a 55-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 28 and died on July 29, at Adventist Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 320th COVID-19 death is a 58-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 7 and died on July 29, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 321st COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 3 and died on July 30, at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 322nd COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old man in Lincoln County who tested positive on June 23 and died on July 29. Location of death is being confirmed. He had underlying conditions.
Crook County had two more cases reported Friday, for a total of 42 cases, one death and 1,651 negative test results. Deschutes County had nine more cases reported for a total of 517 cases, seven deaths and 17,141 negative test results. Jefferson County had six more cases reported Friday for a total of 299 cases, three deaths and 3,028 negative test results.
St. Charles Health System reported six COVID-19 patients as of 7:30 a.m. Friday. Three are in the ICU and on ventilators, officials said.
OHA Issues Report on Pediatric COVID-19 Data
On Friday, OHA issued a special report analyzing pediatric COVID-19 cases in Oregon since the beginning of the pandemic.
Of confirmed and presumptive cases in Oregon, 1,755 – 10.3 percent – have been pediatric patients, defined as people under age 18. The report noted that while pediatric case counts have increased sharply, these patients are still far less likely than adults to develop severe COVID-19.
Only 1.5 percent of pediatric patients have been hospitalized at some point during their COVID-19 illness. That is compared to 9.7 percent of adult COVID-19 patients.
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