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Oregon reports 4 more COVID-19 deaths, 220 cases; weekly case count up 32%

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OHA issues weekly stats, new weekly report on cases in schools

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 559, along with 220 new cases, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday.

The agency also said in its weekly report that the number of COVID-19 cases rose 32% last week, along with a rise in hospitalizations, but the percentage of positive tests held steady, at 6.2%

OHA reported 220 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, bringing the state total to 33,509 cases and 652,364 negative test results.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (4), Clackamas (17), Clatsop (3), Columbia (2), Coos (2), Deschutes (14), Douglas (4), Jackson (19), Josephine (1), Lake (1), Lane (29), Linn (7), Malheur (8), Marion (35), Morrow (4), Multnomah (20), Umatilla (6), Wallowa (1), Washington (35), and Yamhill (5).

Crook County has had 63 COVID-19 cases, one death and 2,598 negative test results, OHA reported. Deschutes County has had 873 cases, 12 deaths and 30,367 negative test results. Jefferson County has had 545 cases, eight deaths and 4,812 negative test results.

St. Charles Health System reported four COVID-19 patients as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, with two in the ICU and none on ventilators.

Oregon’s 556th COVID-19 death is a 69-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive on Sept. 15 and died on Sept. 24 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 557th COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old woman in Wasco County who tested positive on Sept. 18 and died on Sept. 27 in her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 558th COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old woman in Marion County who died on Aug. 25 in her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.

Oregon’s 559th COVID-19 death is a 61-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive on Sept. 21 and died on Sept. 28 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

OHA to report COVID-19 cases in schools

Beginning today, OHA will report all COVID-19 cases in schools that offer any form of in-person instruction. This information will be published each Wednesday afternoon in OHA’s Weekly Report and on an Oregon Department of Education (ODE) webpage.

For reporting purposes, OHA will treat schools that have no students being served onsite as workplace outbreaks, which are also reported in OHA’s Weekly Report. The new reporting protocol applies to all public and private schools and programs.

This reporting informs Oregonians about potential exposures to COVID-19 in our schools and provides transparent and comprehensive information about the spread of the virus.

What Will Be Reported

  • For schools offering any form of in-person instruction, all cases of COVID-19 among students, staff and volunteers will be reported and included in OHA’s Weekly COVID-19 Report. ODE will post the school-related portion of the report on its website.
  • For schools offering only the Comprehensive Distance Learning instructional model, with no in-person instruction (including offering no exceptions for K-3 or Limited In-Person Instruction) – and where staff and essential volunteers work on-site at a school location – OHA will follow the same reporting standard as for workplace outbreaks. OHA will report outbreaks of COVID-19 when five or more cases are identified in a school that has 30 or more employees.

OHA Releases Weekly Report

OHA’s Weekly Report, released today, shows that the week of Sept. 21 - 27, 1,999 new cases of COVID-19 infection were recorded—up 32% from last week’s tally of 1,511. The number of Oregonians newly tested rose 29%, to 24,243, while the percentage of tests that were positive was unchanged from last week’s report at 6.2%. Eighteen Oregonians were reported to have died in association with COVID-19—the same number as last week. Finally, 143 Oregonians were hospitalized, up from 116 in the previous week.

The weekly report shows the outbreak reported July 11 at Mt. Bachelor Memory Care in Bend was among "recently resolved outbreaks," after 68 total cases and eight deaths. Bend Transitional Care had three cases and no deaths.

On the "recently resolved" list for workplace outbreaks was Mission Linens in Bend, which had 15 cases, and Bright Wood in Madras, which had 10. No Central Oregon schools were in the list of six schools with recent COVID-19 cases.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority 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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