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‘Crossroads’: Oregon reports record 457 new cases of COVID-19, 3 more deaths

Update: Adding video, OHA case details, Safe + Strong helpline; Lincoln County to enter Phase 2 of reopening)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 542, and the Oregon Health Authority reported 457 cases Friday -- the highest daily count since the pandemic began.

OHA reported 457 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 32,314 cases, along with 630,592 negative test result.

At a news briefing Friday, OHA Director Patrick Allen said, "We find ourselves at another crossroads," with the recent rise in cases.

Allen cited as factors Labor Day gatherings, the return of college students to campus, the interruption in tests due to wildfires and more people also seeking care due to respiratory issues from the recent, hazardous smoke levels.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Friday are in the following counties: Benton (11), Clackamas (33), Clatsop (73), Columbia (7), Coos (3), Deschutes (17), Jackson (14), Jefferson (4), Josephine (2), Klamath (1), Lake (3), Lane (50), Lincoln (2), Linn (12), Malheur (20), Marion (58), Morrow (4), Multnomah (62), Polk (8), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (9), Union (4), Wasco (3), Washington (51), and Yamhill (5).

Crook County has had 61 COVID-19 cases, one death and 2,531 negative test results. Deschutes County has had 810 cases, 12 deaths and 29,135 negative test results. Jefferson County has had 524 cases, eight deaths and 4,630 negative test results.

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

Morgan Emerson, preparedness coordinator with Deschutes County Health Services, said the majority of new cases are coming from a few areas: social gatherings tied to Labor Day, and those "just without proper precautions. Workplace outbreaks, so co-workers transmitting to other co-workers, and sometimes co-workers bringing that virus home to other household contacts.

"And then travel as well," Emerson said. "We've seen a larger percentage of cases tied to travel then we were seeing earlier in the summer/"

Oregon’s 540th COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man in Lane County who died on Sept. 1. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Place of death is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 541st COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 15 and died on Sept. 23 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 542nd COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive on Sept. 10 and died on Sept. 18 at Providence Medford Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Workplace outbreak

An outbreak of 79 cases of COVID-19 has been reported at Pacific Seafood in Clatsop County. The case count includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to an employee. The outbreak investigation started on Sept. 15, but the initial case count was below the threshold for public disclosure.

Processing error causes increase in negative case counts

Due to an error with electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) processing, there is an increase in the number of negative cases in OHA’s negative case counts. The increase is more than 7,000 negative cases.

This has no bearing on the presumed and confirmed cases of COVID 19 being reported today.

OHA apologizes for this error and has updated our ELR processing protocol.

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Oregon Health Authority news release:

Case count reaches new high, but together we can flatten the curve again

Today, we announced 457 new and presumptive COVID-19 cases. Sadly, this is the highest daily case count since the beginning of the pandemic in Oregon. We continue to see cases where seemingly innocuous activities – that we would not have thought twice about in the past—are fueling outbreaks.

Some examples of these cases include the following:

  • An Oregon county has 13 cases associated with four university outbreaks, including a Greek house and three athletic teams.
  • A county has 22 cases associated with three university outbreaks, including two Greek houses and a large back-to-school party.
  • Another county has an outbreak that now includes 19 cases. It started with a small group who met for a prayer group while some also participated in a sewing group. One of the household members has died. None of the people reported wearing masks. The cases range in age from young children to 80s.
  • Employees in a local company had an employee Labor Day party and now six employees are positive.

“While our recent modeling suggests that transmission may be waning, it also indicates that even a modest uptick in transmission can lead to an increase in daily cases – like the one we’re experiencing now – which can quickly eradicate the progress we have made in subduing the virus,” State Health Officer Dean Sidelinger said in a media briefing today.

We’ve all worked too hard beating back the tide of the virus to let that happen. We all know what needs to be done:

  • Stay at least six feet apart from people outside your household
  • Restrict your gatherings
  • Wear a face covering when you are outside the house or indoors where distancing can’t be achieved

We’ve flattened the curve before, and we can do so again. As always, thank you for all you’re doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

#MyORHealth horizontal rule

Safe + Strong Helpline launches

If you are looking for emotional support, there are more resources available.

Oregon-based nonprofit Lines for Life and OHA have launched the Safe + Strong Helpline at 800-923-4357 (800-923-HELP). The line offers free, 24-7 emotional support and resource referral to anyone who needs it  – not only those experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Safe + Strong Helpline is a response to the need for emotional support around disasters like COVID-19 and wildfires and was funded by the CARES Act. Callers are routed to a counselor who can provide emotional support, mental health triage, drug and alcohol counseling, crisis counseling or just connection.

OHA has also expanded its Safe + Strong education and outreach campaign to include behavioral health resources. A behavioral health landing page offers mental and emotional support information and resources as well as guidance for how to have conversations with loved ones who may be struggling.

"The ongoing pandemic along with multiple other stressors are affecting Oregonians’ mental health," said OHA Director Patrick Allen. "Over the past seven months, we have seen incredible resilience from communities across the state, as we have come together to support each other in powerful ways. We hope Oregonians will reach out to get the support they need and share resources with others in their communities. It’s OK to ask for support, and we want to make it as easy as possible to take the first step to get help."


  • Safe + Strong Helpline: 800-923-4357 (HELP).
  • Safe + Strong:
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255.

Lincoln County Moving to Phase 2 of Reopening, Effective September 29

(Salem, OR) — Lincoln County will move to Phase 2 of reopening effective Tuesday, September 29. The county applied for Phase 2 in late August, and, after conversations with the Oregon Health Authority, agreed to remain in Phase 1 into September to ensure the county’s COVID-19 metrics had, in fact, stabilized.

“The people of Lincoln County and county leadership should be commended for pulling together after the COVID-19 workplace outbreak they experienced in June,” said Governor Brown. “They are an example of what we can all accomplish by working together to contain this disease.”

In the last two weeks, Lincoln County has had only 2 new cases of COVID-19 per week, for an average of 0.29 cases per day. The county’s positivity rate is below 2%––down from nearly 8% in the first week of August.

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  1. Clackamas (33), Clatsop (73), Lane (50), Marion (58), Multnomah (62), Washington (51).
    Me thinks the Peaceful protesters may be taking it home to granny, and gramps, on their way back to the basement. We will see what happens after their big peaceful protest this weekend.

    1. “We have turned the corner” ROTFLMAO!!!!
      “The virus is way down and will be gone soon”

      “its just one person coming in from China, we have it totally under control, everything is going to be just fine”

      “Its all a hoax to make look bad before the election”

      “Hyrdoxychloroquine will be the greatest game changer in the history of medicine”

      “We will have a vaccine very soon”

      “I didn’t know the flu killed people”

      “anyone who wants a test can get a test”

      “The virus will go away, like a miracle it will be gone”

      “the federal government has tremendous control of the virus”

      It’s contained”
      “When you have 15 people. And the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done,”

      “Americans can sleep better at night because North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat”

      “he wrote me a beautiful letter and we fell in love”

      Golf and a whore anyone!!! trump putin 2020!!!! HELSINKI PROUD!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!

      Soooooooo much winning sweetie!!!

      1. Deschutes County >200,000. Covid deaths 12. 8 were memory care residents. St Charles covid + patients = 3. Yawn…….everything you just posted is true. BTW Florida Governor just opened everything up, no limitations on restaurants, no fines for not wearing masks. It’s almost as if he is using science and not trying to be a dictator like Hate Brown.

        1. You yawn in reaction to fatalities and the associated grief? They should recall your Pro-life party membership card. Oh yeah, I forgot. You only care about humans before birth.

      2. The nation would have been far worse with Hillary or Biden running it during COVID-19. They couldn’t get a hold on H1N1, which as Dr. Fauci says, was not as lethal as the seasonal flu. They quit counting the cases because it made them look so bad. This is a Pandemic the world has never seen, so saying someone else could have done better has no way to ever be proven, you are blowing smoke.

          1. Nope- no assumptions at all !

            Biden is on record- that shutting down the air-travel from China to the US- during the initial outbreak- was a racist move by President Trump- and by golly Ol Joe wouldn’t have done that… Yet experts world-wide now agree- that President Trump’s immediate action to protect the homeland… “saved lives” !

            You both (el whiffo and Bozo) once again look like complete chumps ! Up yer game or get out !

    2. it’s not too late, you can actually be a part of humanity…. or continue as you do, contriving things to hate in your smug isolation until your dying day… it’s up to you

  2. wonder if brown is salivating in salem at thought of locking things back down till the election? we’ll hear more comments how wheeler is not willing to step up till trump does after this weekend smh

  3. “it is what it is” big fat lyin donnie’s take on the 160,000 Americans killed by the virus.
    “its a shame” big fat failing donnie’s comment regarding the 200,000 Americans killed by the virus.
    200,000 dead Ameircans and 2 TRILLION dollars added to the national debt in 7 months. This to hillbilly gun kook regressives is a “phenominal job” “A+”!!! Obviously they hate Americans.
    golf and a whore anyone!!! campaign donors are buying!!!! trump / Putin 2020!!!

      1. Coulda, woulda, shoulda. You sound like the loser of a football game. The article is based on a lot of supposition; no one knows what would have happened. We only know what HAS happened.

        1. “We only know what HAS happened.”

          Yup- a complete and historical disaster on all fronts ! A failed Wuhan China virus response that has done nothing but put businesses into bankruptcy- closed schools- increased mental disorders state-wide- and has Oregonians organizing recall events and now class action lawsuits against the Governor- no-one else… the Governor !

          No sense is piling on with the wildfires and four months of rioting in Portland… it’s all been a complete and unmitigated catastrophe- that even has the Feds shaking their heads in astonishment.

          Who knew there was this much hate in Oregon- well- now you know !

  4. Why is KTVZ continuing to push covid headlines when we now know it is as deadly as the flu for those under 70? A large percentage of the death numbers are not only due to other causes and manipulated, but that even the CDC finally announced the actual covid death number is only 6% of 200,00. Current CDC reported survival rates are: ages 0-19 99.97%, 20-49 99.98%, 50-69 99.5%, 70+ 94.6%. We also have numerous scientific reports showing masks are useless yet they are pushed on us. Children aren’t contracting it and more importantly not dying. Keeping kids out of school is all about keeping parents from working and suppressing the economy. Most of the population is unaware as they are fed by mainstream media and don’t do their own research. Its all about the election. 11/4 goodbye covid

    1. The CDC didn’t announce that at all. It did announce that US deaths from all causes for this year have exceeded CDC projections by a bit over 200,000 (coincidentally quite close to the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19). It also announced that the number of Oregon deaths for the year so far is not statistically significantly greater than CDC projections. So there you have it, deaths running high for the country as a whole (suspiciously similar to the reported COVID numbers), that problem has not (so far, fingers crossed) affected Oregon.

        1. That is not true. One Lieutenant Governor, I believe in Texas, said he would be willing to take his chances for the sake of his grandchildren’s future. No Republican has said people older people should sacrifice their lives.

      1. Actually- those 70 are Kate Brown sacrifices. She has an agenda to push- and it starts with the “least vulnerable”… think about that before going all idiot on everyone.

        Brown has made a big deal out of closing schools- but hasn’t said a damn word about the nursing homes and long term care facilities that are the most vulnerable… why is that ?

        Maybe you’d like to check the data yerself…

        Oh… and don’t forget to ask yerself- why didn’t Z21 say anything about the Redmond based “BasX Solutions” outbreak on August 15th ??? Local news- no ? It’s all there…

        Starting on page 16…

      1. Not that I’m aware of. We didn’t want to have to wonder if any ‘flu-like symptoms’ are from the flu or Covid, and really didn’t want to catch the flu AND Covid this winter since I work with the public.

    1. “Flu shots” won’t help what ails you… try distemper or rabies !

      Bwahahaaaa… you keep setting em up Fester and I’ll just knock em down… Bwahahaaa !

    1. The curve is flattened. Remember way, way back in April of 2020? Flatten the curve was supposed to allow for hospital capacity, which is no longer a problem.

      “Flatten the curve” changed into “Find the cure”

  5. Unfortunately the state can juggle and post these figures and make them look any way they please depending on what they want people to think. Expect huge numbers on covid case reporting until Nov 4th. They ran the gamit with their fires and now weather is forcing them to promote other issues heavy as possible.

    1. I agree ! The Demokrat’s first assault was on the economy- but the markets have bounced back to well over 27,000- and jobs are trickling back in.

      Biden barely knows where he is or who is talking to anymore- he puts his campaign on hold every other day- and Kamala Harris is proving herself to be a radical supporter of far left ideologies.

      The Presidential race is over- and the Dems know it… they are now trying to formulate an exit strategy- tone down the corona numbers- ignore the riots- pretend the family Biden scandal in the Ukrain and China never occurred… I don’t see the elections even being close- once again the Demokrat party has failed to come to the table with anything appealing- outside of highway robbery… it’s a done deal !

  6. The Oregon Health Authority is once again lecturing and blaming Oregonians about this rise in new cases… so maybe it’s time to check their own data again.

    Where we see that Oregon’s first Wuhan China victim dates back to January 26th- The US President “acted” within days of that to shut down travel out of China- Kate Brown twiddled her thumbs for another 6 weeks- then decided to close school- where the least vulnerable are.

    The OHA data also shows that even though the “new cases” fluctuated from 1 to 459 (after the Portland riots in honor of George Floyd)- the number of hospitalizations has remained “steady”- damn near flat !

    The conclusions are obvious… that “Testing” is “improving” nothing ! It’s only being used to scare Oregonians into compliance of Brown’s failed policies.

    At this point- there is no reason that schools are not open- businesses flourishing- and Oregon is back to normal… no scientific reason at all- and that is based on this…!/vizhome/OregonHealthAuthorityCOVID-19DataDashboard/COVID-19EPICases?:display_count=y&:toolbar=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:showShareOptions=false

    1. I don’t know why Oregon has done so much better than the country as a whole, but CDC data that EasternOrGuy brought to our attention a few days ago shows that Oregon deaths in 2020 haven’t been statistically significantly above normal, while US deaths on the whole have exceeded projections by more than 200,000 (coincidentally very close to the number of deaths that doctors have attributed to COVID-19 in issuing death certificates). I understand your assessment of the situation to be that the current Oregon restrictions aren’t worth it, but I suspect many voters are going to see those statistical differences as a point in favor of Governor Brown’s handling of the situation. I’m sure it’s harder to see it that way for folks who are most heavily financially impacted by her measures, though.

      1. “I don’t know why Oregon has done so much better than the country as a whole”

        There is no doubt- that the overall US response to this China virus is divided straight down political party lines- which is reflected in the national data- Oregon is no different. For when compared to other countries seeing success- Oregon remains abysmal. In the end- the only numbers that count are the eventual death rates- and they are thus…

        Death rates per 1 million population

        The Global Average- 128
        The USA- 630
        Oregon- Above the Global Average- 129

        Successful Nations

        Singapore- 5
        Japan- 12
        South Korea- 8
        Malaysia- 4
        New Zealand- 5
        Viet-Nam- .4

        Now before anyone starts harping about cultures and population densities- the fact is- the Wuhan Corona virus has entered every single one of these nations- yet they are doing something to combat it successfully that we are not ! The data don’t lie- Brown’s response has been ineffective and has only worsened the number of cases since February.

        1. So, under Governor Brown’s policies, Oregon has done dramatically better than the US as a whole, but you expect people to see her as having failed on this issue? And you similarly expect people not to hold the national numbers against President Trump? I rarely think the executive branch should get all the credit or all the blame, but I just don’t see a lot of people in the political middle reaching the same conclusion as you.
          At this point, residents of the adjacent states have experienced death rates 2-4 times what Oregonians have suffered, and the US as a whole has done even worse (almost five times as bad, according to your number). The way politics usually goes, I’d expect many will portray her as particularly effective in handling this issue. Now, whether that sticks will likely depend on how the economy is the next time she runs for office.

          1. First off- Kate Brown will not be running for Governor of Oregon again- she’s used up her terms and will be shown the door- leaving office as the historically worst Governor the State has ever seen.

            Second- not sure why this is so difficult to understand- but the US President has no authority over the Corona response- not for any state- so the hoax that we are all suffering through is on Kate Brown- and Kate Brown alone.

            Finally- Oregon’s response should not be approved of because “it’s failing like ever-body else” !

            Oregon should be utilizing the scientific data and facts from a global perspective… remember- this is a “global pandemic” !

            If the researchers in Singapore have come across techniques that work- then Oregon should utilize it- failure to do so is criminal !

            Think Globally- Act locally !

            Brown is a fool- a dictator- she couldn’t care less about the State or it’s inhabitants- she just wants to get hers and get out- back to Minnesota where she came from !

            1. The Senate, Vice Presidency, even–who knows?–the Presidency; it’s all fair game for Kate Brown! Your conclusion sounds like an opinion, and the facts just don’t jibe: 129 sure sounds a lot better than 630. When she rolls out her “Oregon suffered only 1/5 the death rate of the country at large” bona fides, people are gonna’ be impressed!

              If the President has no power to deal with a health pandemic, why are others on this very page going out of their way to say that Biden (or even Obama, who definitely isn’t running!) would have done worse? Seems a bit inconsistent….

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