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St. Charles reports record 29 COVID-19 patients, delays 100s of elective surgeries

St. Charles COVID-19 patient counts 1130
St. Charles Health System
St. Charles' rise in COVID-19 patient counts reflect statewide surge
Oregon COVID-19 hospitalizations 1130
Oregon Health Authority
Oregon's COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen dramatically in recent weeks.

(Update: St. Charles delays elective surgeries)

State reports 7 more deaths, 1,314 cases; total cases top 75,000

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- COVID-19 has claimed seven more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 912, along with 1,314 new cases that push the state's tally past 75,000, the Oregon Health Authority reported Monday. St. Charles in Bend reported 29 patients, a new daily record.

OHA reported 1,314 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, bringing the state total to 75,431 cases and 1,871,223 negative test results (the latter a big jump due to a recent OHA change in how they are calculated -- by test, rather than by person who got them, sometimes multiple times).

“COVID-19 is spreading faster in all parts of Oregon," OHA Director Patrick Allen said. "It took six months before 25,000 Oregonians became sick with COVID-19, and two months more until we reached 50,000 total COVID-19 infections in Oregon. Most recently, it took three weeks to go from 50,000 cases to 75,000 -- and this weekend, we crossed 900 total deaths.”

“We can keep more people from getting sick and dying, if we stay true to science-based mask-wearing and social distancing," Allen said. "With the bright promise of vaccines coming on the horizon, we can’t give up.”

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Monday are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (9), Clackamas (228), Clatsop (1), Columbia (14), Coos (4), Crook (4), Curry (2), Deschutes (54), Douglas (33), Harney (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (54), Jefferson (9), Josephine (20), Klamath (1), Lake (1), Lane (62), Lincoln (3), Linn (16), Malheur (2), Marion (167), Morrow (1), Multnomah (320), Polk (26), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (40), Union (6), Wasco (2), Washington (202), Yamhill (27).

Crook County has had 233 COVID-19 cases, six deaths and 3,992 negative test results. Deschutes County has had 2,422 cases, 15 deaths and 47,671 negative test results. Jefferson County has had 843 cases, 11 deaths and 6,976 negative test results.

St. Charles Health System reported 29 COVID-19 patients as of 7 a.m. Monday, 10 more than the previous peak. Two patients were in the ICU and none were on a ventilator.

As a result, St. Charles has "already started postponing some elective surgeries, to keep our bed capacity manageable," the health system said in a Facebook post Monday afternoon.

Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Goodman said that so far, the hospital has delayed several hundred surgeries, representing about 25% of the total scheduled in coming days.

Oregon’s 906th COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Oct. 28 and died on Nov. 28 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 907th COVID-19 death is a 67-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Nov. 5 and died on Nov. 27 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 908th COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Nov. 19 and died on Nov. 28 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 909th COVID-19 death is a 48-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Nov. 22 and died on Nov. 25 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 910th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Nov. 17 and died on Nov. 25 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 911th COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Nov. 5 and died on Nov. 19 at Adventist Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 912th COVID-19 death is a 58-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Oct. 31 and died on Nov. 25 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.


COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients across Oregon increased to 584, 45 more than Sunday.

There are 117 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, 10 more than Sunday.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.


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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53 Comments

  1. barneygetshiswish says:
    March 23, 2020 at 9:47 am
    The response to the Wuhan virus is clearly inconsistent with the previous pandemic in 2009. in addition- the decision to implode the economy- when we allow as many as 30,000-70,000 deaths from the common flu virus every season- clearly indicates “politics” at work- and not a national strategy to address a threat to the human race.

    You read all of that- absorb it- then feel free to identify the state-wide response as anything other than a hoax ! What remains in question- for what purpose is this hoax being played out by Governor Kate Brown ?

    1. Another excellent reminder by Floppy- that has the haters here fumin’ ! I made this statement in March- only days after Kate Brown started her assault on our Oregon state economy- schools- and way of life…. “The response to the Wuhan virus is clearly inconsistent…” Since I posted that- Brown has done a complete 180 on masks- has opened counties- close counties- has watched Crook County schools open- while Dosh County stayed closed- for months blamed businesses to the point of closing them all- then decided- no it’s public gatherings (‘cept for illegal rioting in Portland and rallies in Bend)- Brown has now settled in to blaming family gatherings- and wants access to your house to make you stop it !… Talk about “inconsistent” !!! For many of us- the hoax is clear- Brown’s shotgun approach is completely void of any scientific fact whatsoever !

      1. You really should change your forum name to “barneygetsaclue”…
        Number One: You DON’T have the right to engage in ANY activity that unnecessarily places the lives of others at potential risk. In this situation, that would include refusing to wear masks when in close proximity to others indoors, promoting or encouraging gatherings that could promote spreading of COVID, and also exposing others to such risks within your own home. Contrary to what you and others may believe, your home is NOT your castle, free from the law enforcement arm of the government, when you are committing a crime or violating government issued mandates.

        Number Two: governors CAN invoke certain emergency orders that are legally binding and FORCE the public and businesses to abide by them lest they face legal enforcement action.

        Number Three: Sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies DO NOT have the right to refuse to enforce those orders. If they refuse to enforce them, they CAN be removed from their posts by the governor.

        Your party’s sound drubbing in the presidential election seems to have made you more rabid than usual. As unhappy and rabid as you are now, this is just the beginning for you, BGHW. Things are about to get a whole lot worse come Jan 21.

        1. Hans, while I agree with most of what you said i do take issue with the drubbing part. The GOP flipped 27 house seat in this election. Virtually every contested seat while maintaining the Senate. Trump got more votes than any incumbent president in history. More votes than any President in history for that matter. Somehow we are to believe that a guy that could not draw more than a few folks at a single rally got more votes than any President in history, more votes than Obama who was hugely popular. Biden also fooled every single bell weather district on record as having never missed picking the winning candidate. Pretty amazing given the lack of the downside vote. (losing 27 house seats). Hardly a drubbing

          1. Quite a spin you got going. The only thing that really matters, though, is that Biden won the election by over 6 million votes and the Democrats still control the House. And, when you have The National Review calling the man a petulant child set on ruining our democracy with false claims of fraud only to satisfy his own ego about losing, makes you wonder how many of those people that voted for him feel about their vote now.

              1. A democratic republic to be exact. And Biden won more electoral votes than necessary to win the election. And FYI, in our courts of law, you need to produce evidence when you make accusations. The Supreme Court is not going to even look at all the garbage Trump keeps wasting everyone’s time with. And you failed to mention that the newly pardoned Flynn is pushing for Trump to suspend the constitution, initiate Marshall law and call for a new election. I’m sure an attempt of a coup of this nature will really endear Trump to you people who prefer a dictator to a duly elected President.

        2. You DON’T have the right to engage in ANY activity that unnecessarily places the lives of others at potential risk.
          You could say the same about alcohol, cigarette smoking, illicit drugs, but our state say’s these are acceptable risk. they allow alcohol sales knowing that there will be some who drink and drive, putting others at unnecessary risk, do they not?. They allow cigarette smoking, knowing that some parents will most definitely smoke around their children, in their home, and cars, putting the children at unnecessary risk. the are now allowing people to take illicit drugs with little to no consequences, knowing that they will most definitely put their children, and many other people at risk of death by their actions. You may be viewed as a hypocrite, or you just pick, and choose how you care about your fellow man. The truth is you do not really care at all, you are only looking for a way to knock down anyone who does not have your political views.

      2. Dear Flippy, Imagine this situation for it is real. I know a guy that was an almost a germapohbe. He always wore a mask in public, avoided crowds, and complied willingly with directives. He actually carried a medical bag in his car complete with gloves, wipes, sprays, rags, cleaners, masks, just about anything he could think of. He is 70ish does not drink, smoke, use drugs and in general is in good health for his age and takes no prescription drugs and has no chronic ailments. Then one day he thinks maybe just this one time he could bend the rules to have the family over for turkey dinner. He dearly loves his extended family and misses his grandchildren.
        well to keep this story short one person totally unaware that they were symptomatic and had absolutely no foreknowledge came to dinner. Two days later they came down with fever, got tested and was positive for covid. Now imagine your entire family grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, and older children all came down with the virus in one day. Imagine your entire family all sick at the same time. It is no joke, it is not a hoax it is very real. One slip up is all it takes. He wishes he had headed Browns warning but as they say hindsight is 20 20.

        He wants you to take this virus seriously but thinks with your attitude you are sure to catch the virus sooner or later. Maybe then the hoax will be real for you. Stay safe protect your family and man up.

          1. “the state-wide response as anything other than a hoax”
            You may be right Martha I may be out of the loop with Flippy’s comment. I just reacted to the above quote. I do not think it is a hoax but a real and existential threat to our health care system. I don’t they really know what to do. Should we follow Sweden’s model and go for herd immunity letting the pieces fall were they may? I think that this virus will ultimately follow the path of the virus of 1919. The flu of 1919 went through the entire population and then repeated with a second wave. Eventually everyone that was a host had been exposed and the virus reversed to the mean. It basically ran out of host and mutated to a less virulent strain. That is probably what will happen with Covid. Everyone can expect to be exposed at some time.

    2. Fake news karen!!! We “turned the corner”, “saw the light at the end of the tunnel”, “flattened the curve” Months ago according to the big fat lying loser!!!! Soooo much whining Karen!!!

      1. LTV- you seem to be rather gullible ! Gobbling up every irrational tidbit the Governor and Z21 toss your way… I have one simple question- no dodging- help us all understand your position. For ten months now the State has been in lockdown- schools closed- businesses shuttered- no Church/Cinema/Concerts- parks and rec moth balled. Oregonians have been wearing masks-social distancing- staying home and going broke. Let’s say the effort isn’t 100%- but a million times better than in April- when the data shows that the virus flat-lined ! When Oregon’s EPI shot below the 1.5% threshold and has yet to rise above it- when “new cases” settled in at well below 100 a day- a time period between March and July- when the number of traced cases was well within the OHA targets and goals… All of this is provable on the OHA website- All this for ten months- Yet today’s headlines scream- “New Records- Hospitals in crisis-the end is near” !!! In your own words- how is this possible ??? https://public.tableau.com/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19#!/vizhome/OregonCOVID-19PublicHealthIndicators/COVID-19Burden

          1. In a series of tweets on February 7, Trump again praised the Chinese President’s handling of the crisis.
            “Just had a long and very good conversation by phone with President Xi of China. He is strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the Coronavirus. He feels they are doing very well, even building hospitals in a matter of only days. Nothing is easy, but he will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone. Great discipline is taking place in China, as President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation. We are working closely with China to help!”
            That same day in a press conference, Trump said he spoke to Xi, who said the country was handling it “really well.”
            “I just spoke to President Xi last night, and, you know, we’re working on the — the problem, the virus. It’s a — it’s a very tough situation. But I think he’s going to handle it. I think he’s handled it really well. We’re helping wherever we can.”
            Excellent Karen!!!

        1. You are an absolute idiot. Because Trump decided to absolutely ignore COVID-19, the states had different ways of trying to mitigate this health crisis. Hence, the giant cluster that we currently find ourselves in. When we could have stood a chance of controlling this back in December and January – we are now just trying to keep the amount of people dying to a minimum. Those that get sick with the virus and are left with chronic health conditions like blood clots, lung scaring, fatigue, brain fog, COVID toes… I just hope they have health insurance and that the ACA pre-existing coverage is never lost.

          Because Trump made a national health crisis a political statement – you can drive through parts of Central Oregon where nobody wears a mask. THAT is why our numbers are shooting up. Because so many people still had large Thanksgiving gatherings our numbers will likely go to at least 200 cases a day before this giant mess is over.

          Vaccines won’t likely be available until next Spring/Summer so people like you that like to downplay this whole thing, I hope you don’t become a statistic. Or maybe you should get COVID so you can then experience what all the fun is about.

          If you do like to read, I suggest this easy to read article about COVID for you.
          https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200423/the-great-invader-how-covid-attacks-every-organ#:~:text=Continued%20Care%20for%20COVID%20Recovery&text=Once%20the%20virus%20is%20deeply,potentially%20the%20central%20nervous%20system.

      2. Too many individuals do not understand the asymptomatic “host”. Don’t want to support contact tracing. Fear. Ignorance.

        It’s so tiresome to listen to the negative nellie’s. Anti “government” except for their beloved Trump comments.

        I wonder…if there was a personal connection (parent, older friend, sibling)…would anyone change their mind?

    1. So you’re in favor of quarantining 41% (by CDC estimate) of the population? And, of course, you believe this won’t impact our precious economy? Look around a bit. Anyone fat, diabetic, smoking, having any heart or respiratory disease. a heavy drinker, an organ (kidney, liver, etc.) disease or problem, pregnant, cancer patient is “at risk,” as well as anyone over 65. Better yet, why don’t you support simply masking up, washing up, and distancing? Cheaper, easier to enforce, and more effective. Oh, that’s right, it might impose on your personal freedoms instead of the freedoms of the “at risk” (assuming that you’re not fat, drinking in excess, or one who has any other “at risk” conditions).

      1. Because it makes them feel safer to deny there is any threat. If we just ignore it, it will go away. Isn’t that what our President has done? And we now have the highest number of cases and total deaths in the world.

          1. It seems Sweden is the perfect example of what happens with no restrictions,…“Sweden did things differently when the coronavirus first appeared in Europe. Other countries locked down to stop COVID-19 from spreading. Sweden relied largely on voluntary social distancing. But now infections, deaths and hospitalizations are surging. A recent poll shows that Swedes are losing confidence in the country’s ability to combat the virus. NPR 11/29

            And I looked at worldometers, it shows Sweden’s cases increasing dramatically since the middle of October.

    2. “Quarantine the sick and vulnerable, not the healthy.” Good luck with that, when half the population is vulnerable due to their underlying conditions, per the CDC.

  2. That 2 week freeze really worked well didn’t it…… it certainly worked at thrashing our local restaurants that are struggling, oh and all the people that were depending on those jobs and paychecks before Christmas. But hey it’s ok…the case counts are only going up and up.

      1. So by your backwards logic we should be staying shut down and in a constant freeze? We have been social distancing and wearing masks for months now (by the way I have not had a huge problem with that) and the numbers of cases went down. That being said all virus cases go down in the warmer months, and then they increase in the winter. Do you not understand that we have a vaccine for the regular flu and that it still kills north of 60,000+ people a year? There is risk in everything you do in life, just walking out your front door you could be killed in any number of ways. You don’t live a healthy life by staying shuttered up and hiding from the big bad BOOGIE germs, you adapt and mitigate the risks that you can and get on with life. Our ancestors that fought in WW1 during the outbreak of Spanish influenza (which by the way my great grandfather survived both) are shaking their heads wondering how the hell our society has made it this far. If you are at risk stay home, if you feel like wearing a mask wear one, if you don’t want to wear a mask than don’t wear one.

        1. CDC 2019 stats…34,200 deaths from influenza. One year.

          C19 2020 stats to date ~> 250,000 deaths in 9 months. A bit of a difference. 216,000 more deaths as a matter of fact. It surely matters to those who lost a loved one a friend or a family member.

          34,000 deaths ~> 13% of 250,000 deaths. Fairly simple math.

          Be the person that cares. Not the one who does not.

          1. So first of all the CDC has come out and publicly said that not all the deaths are from COVID and again we have a vaccine for the flu and it still kills people. Research how many people the flu killed before we had a vaccine for it. Also this next piece of factual info is from the CDC and WHO: (((WHO estimated that seasonal influenza was associated with a total of 250 000 to 500 000 deaths from all causes annually [1]. Recently, however, three different groups have provided estimates of influenza’s annual mortality burden using different methods. The first to be published, from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and coordinated by WHO, estimated that influenza is associated with 290 000 to 650 000 deaths from respiratory causes alone [2]. WHO adopted this range in late 2017 as its official assessment [2]. In early 2019, a publication from the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) estimated a range of 99 000 to 200 000 annual deaths from lower respiratory tract infections directly attributable to influenza [3]. Although the burden of influenza is known to fluctuate greatly between years, neither of these estimates were broken down by year or circulating strains.)))) You blind followers lack any critical thinking skills and again in the face of facts you resort to emotion to argue your point. In your eyes because I don’t agree with you I must not care about other people. Tell me, what have you done to care for other people? I have spent my entire adult life in the service of my country as first a soldier then as a firefighter and EMT. I care a great deal for my fellow citizens, and especially my family. So don’t you dare tell me that I do not care. Statements like that are completely and totally ignorant.

        2. You’re accusing someone else of backwards logic? Do you not realize that the flu kills so many because on the average only 49% of Americans get the flu vaccine. The number could be even less. And yep, I can believe they are shaking their heads because of instead of taking the knowledge we learned from the Spanish Flu and applying it, our President decided that it was better to just ignore it all and convince people that the simple act of wearing a mask was somehow a sign of weakness. So we are repeating the same mistakes that were made one hundred years ago. Sounds pretty backward to me.

        1. Care to provide ANY KIND of anecdotal evidence that my statement is false? Or rather which part of my statement is false? Are you refuting my numbers on seasonal flu? Because I got those numbers from the CDC website. Oh I must be wrong about the fact that everyone and their dog has been wearing masks and social distancing…. I must just be seeing things as I go to the grocery store and and around town for day to day life. Wait I know what I was wrong about, it must be that there is no risk in anything that we do in life (EXCEPT FOR COVID) let’s just ignore the thousands of car accidents that happen every day around the country. I am not saying that COVID is not a real thing, it is obviously very real. The masks and social distancing and not being disgusting as a human being (basic hygiene) are the right answer. Shutting down small business and threatening citizens with arrest and jail for gathering in their private residence is wrong on all levels. But you people that blindly follow everything the governor says argue the same way every time, no facts or evidence just “you’re wrong!!” And “do you want to be a murderer” or “do you want to kill someone” that is just sheer emotion and ignorance in an argument not objectivity.

          1. The only thing about your data is you seem to be mixing global with US and then trying to compare it to what has transpired over nine months versus a 12 month period. At the rate this virus is escalating, it’s bound to be much higher than the 1.48 million deaths in 3 months. And throwing in car accidents is just filler rhetoric with no relevance to a contagious virus.
            I do agree, IMO a lot of the decisions our Governor has made haven’t been the greatest or not well thought out. But, she is trying to keep large numbers of people from dying and frankly that is something we haven’t experienced in over a hundred years and yes, a very emotional issue.

  3. Without the freeze for 2 weeks, things would be twice as bad, so it was a smart move. We could be like South Dakota with 1/4 our population and numbers about the same as us. That’s what having a political pandering Republican as governor will do for you. They are begging other states to take on their patients now that they have been completely irresponsible. Brown is doing the right thing. Nobody likes the situation we are in, but the deniers will keep on coming with their whiny complaints about their freedom being taken away. They forget that there are 2 halves/sides to “freedom”. There’s the “freedom to do” things, and there is the “freedom from” things. We should have the “freedom from” not being subjected to their irresponsible,selfish and short sighted decisions.

  4. We will see in february or march if the nationwide lockdown for 2 months kicks in how we as a whole will feel about out freedoms disappearing faster than Conway Twitty at a rodeo. Some bars will still be closed after Wednesday as they wont be able to do outdoor dining, what will the threshold be we have to cross in order for those bars and restaurants that cant do the outdoor dining to operate fully again? Whats your take on this bghw

  5. 29 sick patients halt all elective surgeries in a hospital??? Pathetic leadership. They must have no faith in their own protocols. I’m sure ST, Charles is content to sit back and basically close, then wait for the tax payer bailout. The USA is a nation of scared little wussies.

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