The Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday announced 304 new coronavirus cases and eight more fatalities, pushing the state’s mounting death toll to record levels over the past few weeks.
At least 66 Oregonians have died since July 12, a sum that has already surpassed Oregon’s deadliest three-week stretch from late March into April.
The Oregonian/OregonLive is tracking coronavirus deaths by week, using the date of death instead of the date the death was reported by the health authority.
More than half of the recent deaths have been concentrated among residents from just three counties: Multnomah (13), Marion (13) and Umatilla (12). The average age of residents across all of Oregon who died during that span has been 77.
Oregon’s coronavirus case counts had been steadily rising since late May and now stand at a daily average of about 333 confirmed or presumed infections over the past week. They’ve roughly plateaued since July 20.
But deaths lag identified cases, and the state often takes days or sometimes weeks to publicly report each death. A near-record number of Oregonians are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the full extent of fatalities from the state’s weeks-long case surge may not become fully clear until the middle of August.
Reported deaths are climbing across America, surpassing 1,000 per day, according to a database by The New York Times. While nationwide deaths remain lower than peak levels from April, according to the database, they are climbing in at least 24 states – including Oregon.
Where the new cases are by county: Benton (3), Clackamas (28), Clatsop (1), Crook (3), Deschutes (16), Douglas (2), Hood River (7), Jackson (13), Jefferson (5), Josephine (4), Klamath (2), Lane (13), Lincoln (2), Linn (1), Malheur (20), Marion (20), Morrow (5), Multnomah (82), Polk (4), Umatilla (4), Union (1), Wallowa (1), Wasco (3), Washington (51) and Yamhill (13).
New fatalities: Oregon’s 304th coronavirus death is a 72-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive July 10 and died July 23 in his home.
The 305th fatality is a 90-year-old Multnomah County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive July 23 and died July 27 in her home.
Oregon’s 306th death is a 94-year-old Umatilla County woman with underlying health conditions. She tested positive July 22 and died July 28 in her home.
The 307th fatality is an 87-year-old Umatilla County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive July 16 and died July 27 in her home.
Oregon’s 308th death is an 85-year-old Morrow County woman who tested positive July 10 and died July 21. State officials are confirming her location of death and if she had underlying conditions.
The 309th fatality is a 65-year-old Jackson County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive June 29 and died July 25 at Providence Portland Medical Center.
Oregon’s 310th death is a 79-year-old Multnomah County woman with underlying health conditions. She tested positive July 27 and died July 28 at Portland Providence Medical Center.
The 311th fatality is a 73-year-old Umatilla County woman with underlying health conditions. She tested positive June 21 and died July 19. State officials are confirming her location of death.
The prevalence of infections: State officials reported 269 confirmed infections since Tuesday out of 6,463 people tested, equaling a 4.2% positivity rate.
Who got infected: State officials reported new confirmed or presumed cases since Tuesday among the following age groups: 0-9 (14); 10-19 (27); 20-29 (63); 30-39 (73); 40-49 (47); 50-59 (40); 60-69 (16); 70-79 (17); 80 and older (6).
Who’s in the hospital: The state Wednesday reported 163 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections are currently in the hospital, up from 157 reported Tuesday. Oregon remains well below its capacity, with hundreds of hospital beds and ventilators available.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 17,721 confirmed or presumed infections and 311 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, 393,249 Oregonians have been tested.
— Brad Schmidt; email@example.com; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt