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COVID-19 claims 2 more lives, including Jefferson County man, 64

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State death toll nears 500; 215 new cases, nearly 29,000 total

PORTLAND, Ore.  (KTVZ) — COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, including a 64-year-old Jefferson County man, raising the state’s death toll to 499, the Oregon Health Authority reported Friday.

Oregon Health Authority reported 215 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, bringing the state total to 28,865 cases, along with 576,874 negative test results.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Friday are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (6), Clackamas (14), Columbia (1), Coos (2), Curry (1), Deschutes (3), Douglas (1), Jackson (7), Jefferson (3), Klamath (1), Lane (8), Linn (3), Malheur (27), Marion (36), Morrow (2), Multnomah (59), Polk (5), Umatilla (9), Union (2), Wasco (2), Washington (17), and Yamhill (4).

Crook County has had 59 COVID-19 cases, one death and 2,375 negative test results. Deschutes County has had 711 cases, 12 deaths and 26,154 negative test results. Jefferson County has had 482 cases, eight deaths and 4,380 negative test results.

St. Charles Health System reported having two COVID-19 patients as of 8:30 a.m. Friday, one of whom was in the ICU on a ventilator.

Oregon’s 498th COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old man in Jefferson County who tested positive on Aug. 5 and died on Sept. 10 at St. Charles Medical Center Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 499th COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 24 and died on Sept. 1 at Adventist Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

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  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
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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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