The Oregon Health Authority reported 274 new confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases and three deaths Thursday, raising the state’s total to 27,336 cases and 470 deaths. The daily case count is the highest since last Friday.
The new cases come a day after state officials reported the lowest case count since June for the second time this week. Officials say that daily infections have been slowly and steadily declining since the end of July.
Meanwhile, the number of deaths has continued to rise. This is partly because someone may have the disease for weeks before it’s fatal.
With 126 deaths, August was the deadliest month in Oregon since the pandemic began, according to data from the state health authority. The total is expected to grow as delayed reports of deaths continue to be announced in the coming days.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (2), Clackamas (24), Columbia (2), Coos (4), Deschutes (4), Douglas (1), Jackson (18), Jefferson (6), Josephine (1), Lane (13), Lincoln (1), Linn (2), Malheur (23), Marion (36), Morrow (7), Multnomah (65), Umatilla (15), Wasco (4), Washington (40), and Yamhill (6).
New Fatalities: State officials reported the following deaths Thursday:
A 79-year-old man in Malheur County is Oregon’s 468th COVID-19 death. He tested positive July 14 and died at Vibra Hospital of Boise, Idaho, Aug. 23. He had unspecified underlying health conditions.
A 56-year-old man in Washington County is Oregon’s 469th COVID-19 death. He tested positive Aug. 1 and died at Providence St. Vincent Aug. 22. He had unspecified underlying health conditions.
A 96-year-old woman in Marion County is Oregon’s 470th COVID-19 death. She tested positive July 8 and died in her home Aug. 21. She had unspecified underlying health conditions.
Prevalence of infection: Since Wednesday, state officials reported that 4,732 Oregonians had been tested, with 250 tests coming back positive, amounting to a positivity rate of 5.3%.
Who got infected: Since Wednesday, state officials reported 261 new cases among the following age ranges: 0-9 (12); 10-19 (25); 20-29 (55); 30-39 (53); 40-49 (46); 50-59 (25); 60-69 (17); 70-79 (12); 80 and older (16).
Who’s in the hospital: State officials Thursday reported that 87 Oregonians are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, one less than yesterday. Hundreds of hospital beds and ventilators remain available.
Since it began: State officials have reported 27,336 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. In all, 569,804 Oregonians have been tested.
— Bryce Dole; bdole@oregonian; 541-660-9844; @DoleBryce