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Oregon reports 5 COVID-19 deaths, 299 cases and new outbreaks, including in C.O.

COVID-19 (Titled)

Listed outbreaks includes Bright Wood in Madras, Bend Transitional Care

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 338, along with 299 new cases and several outbreaks newly reported by the Oregon Health Authority, including in Central Oregon.

OHA reported 299 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, bringing the state total to 19,979 cases, along with 406,823 negative test results.

The new cases reported Wednesday are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (2), Clackamas (20), Clatsop (1), Columbia (2), Coos (1), Deschutes (8), Douglas (1), Hood River (4), Jackson (12), Jefferson (9), Josephine (1), Klamath (2), Lane (5), Lincoln (19), Linn (8), Malheur (7), Marion (42), Morrow (10), Multnomah (59), Polk (2), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (26), Wasco (1), Washington (48), and Yamhill (6).

Crook County has reported 42 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, one death and 1,746 negative test results. Deschutes County has had 555 cases, eight deaths and 18,397 negative results. Jefferson County has had 332 cases, three deaths and 3,304 negative test results.

St. Charles Health System reported 10 COVID-19 patients as of 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, four of whom are in the ICU on ventilators.

Oregon’s 334th COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on July 8 and died in her residence. Date of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 335th COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 17 and died on July 28 at Trios Health Southridge Hospital in Kennewick, Wash. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 336th COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 12 and died on August 1 at Saint Anthony Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 337th COVID-19 death is a 67-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on July 20 and died on August 3 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 338th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old man in Josephine County who tested positive on July 19 and died on August 3 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Note: More information is available about Oregon’s 233rd COVID-19 death. Oregon’s 233rd COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old woman who tested positive June 29 and died on July 9 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise. She had underlying conditions.

OHA Releases Weekly Report

On Wednesday, OHA released its COVID-19 Weekly Report, which stated that during the week of July 27 through Aug. 2, OHA recorded 2,278 new cases of COVID-19 infection — up slightly from last week’s tally of 2,241. In addition, 39 Oregonians were reported to have died, up from last week’s toll of 27.

The percentage of tests positive increased from 5.1 percent to 6.4 percent, and hospitalizations rose to 141, up from the previous week’s 127.

The age group with the highest incidence of reported infection continues to be 20-29-year-olds, with rates decreasing in subsequent decades of life. Most cases continue to be “sporadic,” meaning that no source for the case was identified.

Outbreaks surpass 20 cases

An outbreak of 27 cases of COVID-19 has been reported at Walmart in Umatilla County. The case count includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to a worker. The outbreak investigation started on July 9, but the initial case count was below the threshold for public disclosure.

An outbreak of 20 cases of COVID-19 has been reported at the OR1 Construction site in Multnomah County. The case count includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to a worker. The outbreak investigation started on July 8, but the initial case count was below the threshold for public disclosure.

An outbreak of COVID-19 has been reported at the Lamb Weston facilities in Boardman. The Lamb Weston West location has 21 cases, the Lamb Weston East location has 31 cases and the Lamb Weston Packing Center has 22 cases, for a total of 74 cases.

These case counts includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to a worker. The outbreak investigation started on July 1, but the initial case count was below the threshold for public disclosure.

State and county public health officials are working with these organizations to address the outbreaks and protect the health of workers.

Due to apparent lags in reporting, the weekly OHA report shows 47 cases and three deaths at Bend's Mt. Bachelor Memory Care, when Deschutes County Health and company representatives have recently confirmed 64 cases and six deaths of residents in hospice care who tested positive.

The latest list also includes Bend Transitional Care, where three cases were reported in an outbreak that began July 19. The OHA's list only includes facilities with three or more confirmed COVID-19 cases or one or more COVID-19-related deaths.

Bend Transitional Care's parent firm, Avamere, posts a list of cases and testing totals at their facilities around the state. In Bend, it shows the three positive cases were among staff members, one of whom has recovered.

The latest list of active workplace outbreaks with five or more confirmed cases includes Bright Wood Quality Millwork in Madras, where eight cases have been reported. OHA said an investigation began July 13 and the most recent onset was a week later.

Meanwhile, the number of cases in an outbreak at St. Charles Prineville, reported as four caregivers by local officials last week, is now up to a total of eight cases, the OHA reported.

That includes the four direct cases involving staff and four others who were close contacts but are not hospital caregivers, Crook County Public Information Officer Vicky Ryan said. The outbreak is contained, Ryan said, with all positive cases isolating and doing daily check-ins.

St. Charles Bend is one of nine Oregon hospitals reporting 10 or more COVID-19 patients between July 13 and July 19, with up to 13 suspected and confirmed patients, 10 of whom were confirmed cases.

Among the list of resolved outbreaks is one in Central Oregon: 15 cases reported in late May at High Lookee Lodge on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

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.

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Barney Lerten

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



      1. “Biden/Obama were a disaster in handling the H1N1 Swine Flu. Polling at the time showed disastrous approval numbers. 17,000 people died unnecessarily and through incompetence!”

        I’ll let you guess who tweeted that. Incompetence times ten!

        1. I don’t care who tweeted it. Fact remains… democrat governors have killed thousands by sending covid patients into nursing homes. Grandma gotta die too, right?

    1. its been proven that the covid deaths are grossly inflated in America. where have you been? anyone with a lick of common sense know this is all about the election , and a greater agenda. oh thats right! you liberals lack basic common sense and logic…

      1. I don’t understand the claims about this being about the election. Is the idea what Democrats are somehow going to get something out of terrorizing the population? If the idea is that it serves some Democratic agenda, why is the head of Trump’s task force (Birx) raising so much concern? Why are major Republican-led states like Texas and Florida posting such large numbers? Are they exaggerating them? Why is Alabama’s Republican governor now requiring masks?

  1. “Most cases continue to be “sporadic,” meaning that no source for the case was identified.”

    I find that impossible to believe- especially when you have a cluster out at Lamb Weston with visibly ill people.

    This sounds like Sanctuary State Kate doesn’t want to know where the sources are coming in from.

      1. “you said it was all a hoax”

        No actually- like many here- we’ve said the Demokrat response is a hoax. The virus you speak of, however, has never reached “pandemic” levels (clusters maybe- but definitely not pandemic)- is mild in more than 99% of global cases- is just a tad bit more deadly than Malaria- and is under much better control in Asia than here in America… So again- the Demokrat leadership of our state has a lot of explaining- last I heard 28 counties have been compliant for months- so where’s the grand opening of the state business sector- seems it has to wait til the BLM riots are finished in Oregon- There’s your hoax home-fry- do try to keep up.

  2. This would be the logical move; ” asking” tourists to stay away from Bend is clearly not working judging by the sheer amount of out of state plates from covid hotspots…

    1. The clusters in CO appear to be dominated by LTC facilities- (nursing homes)- how is that possible ? These are the most at risk individuals- yet whatever policies are in place are failing miserably- somehow an outside source is infecting these homes- and then it is being passed on through what – linen- food- drink- shared items ???

      Where is OSHA on preliminary checks on these facilities ? Kate Brown designated them her enforcement agency- so what gives ?

      1. “The clusters in CO appear to be dominated by LTC facilities- ” – are you really dim, or just determined to be decisive – the infection was brought to facilities by someone – but you said it was all a hoax so there are no infections/deaths – you will have to find other subject matter to flog in pursuit of your endless quest of divisiveness

      2. The mask is not a panacea. The second best way to spread the virus is through touching surfaces. I believe that the LTC facilities are having outbreaks because of this second method of spreading the infection. Try to pay attention to EVERYTHING you touch all day long – it’s almost impossible. Then try to institute absolute sterility into this environment of touching. You can keep it up for a while, but there will be slip-ups and eventually a non-symptomatic but infected person will spread the germ this way. So I believe.
        No one is to blame, it is just humanly impossible to be 100% sterile all the time.
        We’ve all heard the statistic about 100,000 people dying needlessly each year because of infections gotten while in the hospital – even in that ultra-clean environment mistakes happen, and death can result.

  3. I can’t believe people are still this stupid…
    It’s the flu.
    It kills at the same rate as the flu.
    It kills the same age ranges as the flu.
    Quit being so weak and demand an end to government tyranny and the destruction of our small business.
    If I have to go through this kind of crap every flu season due to everyone else’s lazy stupidity I’m going to lose my mind.

  4. Wow! And Wow! I wonder where you get your amazing information from. Facebook? Twitter? The guy yelling on the street corner?
    What is true is that we are occasionally faced with a true Darwinian moment from generation to generation and we are in one now. Believe what you want. That’s your right. Just don’t show up at the hospital demanding care and expecting taxpayers to pay for it because of your ignorance. Die at home like a man and set a good example for your offspring who will gladly follow suit.

    1. More people have died on CO streets than from this never ending pandemic- you willing to ban all cars- buses- trucks- and bicycles over the hazards they present ?

      Yeh- Wow… I mean really- WOW !

      1. That’s right!
        And those kids in China that died because they had to wear a mask in gym class? We don’t care about those either. How about the guy that blacked out behind the wheel because of his mask? Screw him right?
        This is all so stupid.

        1. Why would anyone wear a mask inside a private vehicle- the epitome of social distancing ! Sounds like fake news gleaned off a Facebook site to me.

      1. Actually, it’s because you refuse to overstep oha and osha. you’ve used the HIPAA excuse many times… claiming that it protected things that it didn’t and it is obvious, because now that oha is releasing the info it seems totally fine. You claim things come in automatically and can’t stop them…ok so why isn’t THIS a story?

        Oh wait…. can’t be telling oregon that weed INCREASES covid risks, right?

        But you expect me to wear a mask to avoid covid 19 risks?

        Gonna keep on with your censoring crap today?

        1. I didn’t see that story in APRIL, when we probably had it too, since we get the CNN wire (the site purges old wire stories, we only have a contract for a certain period of time). Yes, we’re not going to violate HIPAA if we can help it. If individuals or businesses release info on their own, that’s entirely different. Feel free to go to some “non-censored” site and do whatever you wish. We have rules and are not about to remove them. They are fairly enforced and equally applied.

          1. You don’t have to keep proving you and your people are liars… we already know. You allow people to post things that are offensive to us non-stop, while censoring our posts that YOU deem offensive… so don’t give us anymore “the rules are fair” crap. Nobody asked you to violate HIPAA rules…. we asked for info NOT protected by HIPAA, aaaaaaand you claimed it was. Ok so if it was/is…. why is the state now releasing that info? Because it’s not protected into like you told us it was….repeatedly

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