Coronavirus in Oregon: 373 new cases, six deaths as governor reinstates restrictions for two counties

The Oregon Health Authority on Friday reported 373 new confirmed or presumed coronavirus infections and six more deaths.

Oregon is in the midst of its deadliest stretch of the pandemic while average daily cases remain near an all-time high.

Effective Friday, Gov. Kate Brown has pushed Umatilla County back into stay-at-home status and downgraded neighboring Morrow County into Phase 1 reopening.

Surging case counts may persist in Umatilla County despite the new restrictions. Oregon State University on Friday announced that its testing of residents in Hermiston last weekend suggests about 17% of the city’s population was actively infected.

Oregon has averaged about 341 coronavirus cases a day over the past week. Meanwhile, at least 71 Oregonians have died since July 12.

Where the new cases are by county: Baker (3), Benton (3), Clackamas (22), Crook (2), Deschutes (9), Douglas (3), Gilliam (1), Hood River (3), Jackson (17), Jefferson (6), Josephine (1), Klamath (8), Lane (17), Lincoln (6), Linn (5), Malheur (12), Marion (44), Morrow (20), Multnomah (77), Polk (6), Sherman (1), Umatilla (40), Union (2), Wasco (2), Washington (45) and Yamhill (18).

New fatalities: Oregon’s 317th death linked to coronavirus is a 90-year-old Deschutes County woman. She tested positive July 12 and died July 28 at her home. State officials are confirming if she had underlying health conditions.

The 318th fatality is an 81-year-old Deschutes County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive July 7 and died July 29. State officials are confirming his location of death.

Oregon’s 319th death is a 55-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive July 28 and died July 29 at Adventist Health Portland.

The 320th fatality is a 58-year-old Umatilla County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive July 7 and died July 29 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Washington.

Oregon’s 321st death is a 70-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive July 3 and died July 30 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

The 322nd fatality is an 81-year-old Lincoln County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive June 23 and died July 29. State officials are confirming his location of death.

The prevalence of infections: State officials reported 343 confirmed infections since Thursday out of 5,536 people tested, equaling a 6.2% positivity rate.

Who got infected: State officials reported new confirmed or presumed cases since Thursday among the following age groups: 0-9 (21); 10-19 (46); 20-29 (89); 30-39 (60); 40-49 (60); 50-59 (40); 60-69 (15); 70-79 (22); 80 and older (8).

Who’s in the hospital: The state Friday reported 153 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections are currently in the hospital, up from 150 reported Thursday. Oregon remains well below its capacity, with hundreds of hospital beds and ventilators available.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 18,492 confirmed or presumed infections and 322 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, 403,241 Oregonians have been tested.

— Brad Schmidt; bschmidt@oregonian.com; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt

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