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Oregon reports record 550 new COVID-19 cases, three more deaths

COVID-19 coronavirus MGN

Includes 11 in Deschutes County, 7 in Crook County, 1 in Jefferson County

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Oregon Health Authority reported a record daily count of 550 new COVID-19 cases Friday, along with three more deaths that raised the state’s death toll to 649.

OHA reported 550 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, bringing the state total to 41,348 cases and 773,853 negative test results.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Friday are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (9), Clackamas (48), Columbia (3), Coos (5), Crook (7), Curry (1), Deschutes (11), Douglas (3), Grant (1), Harney (1), Hood River (4), Jackson (33), Jefferson (1), Josephine (1), Klamath (1), Lane (52), Lincoln (2), Linn (19), Malheur (13), Marion (57), Morrow (1), Multnomah (135), Polk (3), Umatilla (21), Union (1), Wasco (2), Washington (91), and Yamhill (23).

Crook County has now had 100 COVID-19 cases, two deaths and 3,025 negative test results. Deschutes County has had 1,098 cases, 13 deaths and 37,137 negative test results. Jefferson County has hd 600 cases, nine deaths and 5,515 negative test results.

St. Charles Health System reported having seven COVID-19 patients as of 8:30 a.m. Friday, two of whom were in the ICU but not on a ventilator.

OHA reported the highest daily case count since the beginning of the pandemic, breaking the previous record of 484 cases, reported on Oct. 8.

"Preliminary data show this increase is due to continued widespread community transmission, resulting in small clusters and outbreaks across the state," the agency said.

Today’s case count is again a reminder that Oregonians cannot let their guards down. OHA published new face covering guidance this week, which requires that people consistently wear face coverings while indoors at their workplace or all other places where they will be in contact with people from outside their household.

OHA has also asked Oregonians to rethink Halloween – avoid traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, avoid costume parties with people outside their own households and wear a face covering, because a Halloween mask won’t protect against COVID-19.

“We all need to aggressively adhere to the face covering guidance and always wear a mask,” said Shimi Sharief, MD, OHA senior health advisor. “We know everyone is tired, and we all wish this would go away, but the reality is this disease is spreading in Oregon, and it’s on all of us to protect ourselves and each other.”

Oregon’s 647th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Oct.12 and died Oct. 21 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 648th COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 21 and died Oct. 11 at Adventist Health Portland. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 649th COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 27 and died Oct. 18 at Adventist Health Portland. He had underlying conditions.

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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    1. Last 10 days of US new cases… Too soon for me to say “trend”, but the last day is a new record.


      1. I was being sarcastic. Trump said this:
        “We are rounding the turn (on coronavirus). We are rounding the corner.”
        We’re not. Cases are increasing at an alarming rate. We’ve been very fortunate here in Central Oregon and as long as we continue to mask/distance/wash hands we’ll probably keep our community safe. Well, safer than a lot of places with a high idiot “whut bout mah rights?” population.
        There is some hope coming from Europe. A vaccine looks very promising:

      1. I get the part that you don’t give a damn about the rest of the country, and we’re very fortunate the incidence of CV19 here is quite low, but it’s bad elsewhere and the numbers are rising. With winter on the way and people cooped up inside this feels like we’re slo-walking to catastrophe.

        “Since the start of October, the rise in cases has been steady and inexorable, with no plateau in sight. By Friday evening, more than 82,000 cases had been reported across the country, breaking a single-day record set on July 16 by more than 6,000 cases.”

        1. well cancer has killed more than double of covid every year… also the average age of covid deaths is higher than the average life expectancy of an American soooo…. i call bs. liberals are so poorly educated and will give up their rights without a fight

          1. Ok. Let’s clarify some info. As of mid August, with half a year under its belt, COVID-19 became the third leading cause of death in the United States. Do I care about heart disease (number 1) you bet. Do I care about cancer (breast cancer survivor) you bet. Do I care about COVID-19, yes.

          2. COVID-19 is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Pretty daunting for a new disease, half a year old (it made number three in August). Me, I’m treating it with the respect it deserves.

          3. “well cancer has killed more than double of covid every year… also the average age of covid deaths is higher than the average life expectancy of an American”
            Now who can argue with that? Not sure where to start…

            1. Why argue with someone who has posted time and time again how this is such an inconvenience, that they could care less about how many people who have had their lives cut short because of this virus? Thankfully there are good people in this country that do give a damn about others, that aren’t selfish, disrespectful and crass.

          4. Cancer and heart disease are not infectious. Covid is. Spread of it can be reduced or prevented by simply washing, masking, and keeping distance. We all have rights but we all have obligations, and one of them is to protect society. If you don’t believe that then you should remove yourself from it (a desert island perhaps).

      2. ” A hospital in Idaho is 99 percent full and warning that it may have to transfer coronavirus patients to hospitals in Seattle and Portland, Ore. Medical centers in Kansas City, Mo., turned away ambulances on a recent day because they had no room for more patients. And in West Allis, just outside Milwaukee, an emergency field hospital erected on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Fair admitted its first virus patient this week.”

        We’re not positioned well right now.

  1. Barney, I’m going out on a limb here, but it seems like Deschutes County averages about 11 positives a day. So, for the 10 day-ish period in which those people aren’t positive or contagious anymore that would be about 110 average active cases in Deschutes County? Please help with my math and report. thanks

  2. 2 in the ICU and not on ventilators. Oh no, lets shut the whole thing down. Who are in the other 22 beds of the ICU? Hospitals are not overwhelmed, the curve of hospitalizations is flat. Nationwide 33-40% of the new cases are kids 18-23, and none are in the hospital. They recover and go on with their lives. Stop with the FEAR talk. If you have underlaying conditions, stay home, the other 90% of us are going to live our lives.

    1. Just to be clear are you aware that covid 19 has been linked to cardiovascular complications, persistent pulmonary damage, cognitive changes, neurological symptoms, blood clots resulting in strokes…and this is in patients who have “recovered”? But by all means, go on with your life as if nothing is happening here…personally not willing to take that risk myself or worse, put others I care about at risk.

        1. Good God. Can you please keep your stupidity to yourself? No one cares about cancer? What planet have you been living on? Also, cancer isn’t a contagious disease. Where’s your brain dude? Your logic is broken.

  3. Not “new” cases….”discovered” cases. If you have had COVID in the past. you will test positive because of the anti-bodies. They are testing like crazy now that they have more tests available. So you will be seeing the numbers going up.

  4. So imagine if you can. The 11 cases…are in contact with others. Hence the number increases. Do the math…if 11 people are in contact with 11 people etc, the numbers increase exponentially. Pretty straightforward.

    And for those who don’t believe. Feel free to sneer, be rude or insult. I’m not offended. Simply curious as to the continued disbelief.

    1. I beleive that it is real. What I refuse to beleive is what they are telling us about the mandates and the shut downs. That if we follow all the mandates and shut downs and all that we are going to beat COVID. No it will not just simply go away. It is here to stay just like all the other viruses out there. They are giving people false hopes and new fears with the information they are giving out. The only way to reduce the numbers is to develop herd immunity. Something the Doctors have been saying from the beginning. And with the newly discovered cases I will say we are very slowly approaching that. The more we restrict it, the hungrier it is going to get and will just mutate into something far worse. That was basic science taught to us in school.

      1. The thing we’re trying to avoid is having our hospitals fill to capacity so that when someone gets hurt in a car crash, they have some place to be treated.

        The terrible thing about COVID-19 is that once your hospital fills, you’re doomed–you’re behind the 8 ball looking at an incoming flood of new patients (because of exponential growth and the delay between infection and symptom onset). So we really work extra hard to make sure we don’t ever reach capacity. The fact that Coeur D’Alene is going to send overflow patients to PDX and Seattle is really alarming. Don’t get in a car crash in CDA.

        Compare it to trying to balance a baseball bat on end in one hand. Everything is fine… until it isn’t, and then you’re instantly doomed. So you work hard to make sure everything stays fine.

        I don’t know where you went to school, but apparently they’d never heard of smallpox.

      2. “The only way to reduce the numbers is to develop herd immunity. Something the Doctors have been saying from the beginning. And with the newly discovered cases I will say we are very slowly approaching that.”
        So says the leader of The Lost Boys. So “untold death and suffering”. You first:
        The false promise of herd immunity for COVID-19 – Why proposals to largely let the virus run its course — embraced by Donald Trump’s administration and others — could bring “untold death and suffering”.

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