The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday reported 342 new coronavirus cases and 14 deaths, marking a record for reported fatalities since the pandemic hit Oregon five months ago.
Among the deaths disclosed Tuesday was a 26-year-old Yamhill County man, the youngest Oregonian whose death has been reported by state officials as at least partially linked to COVID-19.
The record number of reported deaths came one day after state officials disclosed zero fatalities. The newly reported deaths occurred between July 10 and July 27, raising Oregon’s total fatality count to 303.
“As we surpass 300 deaths related to COVID-19, including the 14 deaths reported today, I wish to extend sincere condolences on behalf of everyone at OHA to the families who have lost a loved one to this disease,” Patrick Allen, the health authority director, said in a statement. “It is a stark reminder of the work all Oregonians need to do to bring this pandemic under control. Together we can slow this disease and prevent this terrible loss of life.”
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 people died between July 12 and July 25 than in any two-week period since the pandemic’s arrival — and those numbers could continue to grow as the state’s disclosure often lags.
Meanwhile, the state’s daily case count of confirmed or presumed infections has averaged about 325 over the past week, just below the record of 344 from July 20.
Disclosure of the grim death toll came on the same day that Gov. Kate Brown announced new benchmarks for reopening school classrooms this fall.
Where the new cases are by county: Benton (3), Clackamas (15), Clatsop (3), Coos (3), Crook (2), Curry (1), Deschutes (7), Douglas (2), Harney (1), Jackson (10), Jefferson (9), Josephine (9), Klamath (2), Lane (6), Linn (5), Malheur (15), Marion (40), Morrow (7), Multnomah (74), Polk (13), Umatilla (75), Washington (31) and Yamhill (9).
New fatalities: Oregon’s 290th death from coronavirus is a 77-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive June 19 and died July 22 at Portland Adventist Medical Center.
The 291st fatality is a 79-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive July 3 and died July 20 at Portland Adventist Medical Center.
Oregon’s 292nd death is a 77-year-old Jefferson County woman who tested positive June 30 and died July 23 at St. Charles Medical Center. Officials have not confirmed if she had underlying medical conditions.
The 293rd fatality is a 94-year-old Clackamas County woman with underlying health conditions. She tested positive July 19 and died July 26 at her home.
Oregon’s 294th death is a 54-year-old Malheur County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive June 24 and died July 15 at St. Luke’s Nampa Medical Center in Idaho.
The 295th fatality is a 26-year-old Yamhill County man who died July 10. The Oregon Health Authority declined to say if he tested positive for coronavirus or had underlying health conditions. The agency said the man’s death certificate listed COVID-19 “as a cause of death or as a significant condition that contributed to his death.”
Oregon’s 296th death is a 91-year-old Clackamas County woman. She had close contact with someone with a confirmed infection and exhibited symptoms July 22 before dying July 26. State officials are confirming the location of death and whether she had underlying medical conditions.
The 297th fatality is an 88-year-old Deschutes County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive July 23 and died July 25 at St. Charles Medical Center.
Oregon’s 298th death is a 78-year-old Deschutes County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive July 12 and died July 23. Officials are confirming where she died.
The 299th fatality is a 64-year-old Jefferson County woman who tested positive July 14 and died July 27. Officials are confirming where she died and if she had underlying health conditions.
Oregon’s 300th death is an 82-year-old Jefferson County woman with underlying health conditions. She tested positive July 20 and died July 26. Officials are confirming her location of death.
The 301st fatality is an 87-year-old Marion County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive July 14 and died July 26 at Salem Hospital.
Oregon’s 302nd death is a 66-year-old Marion County woman with underlying health conditions. She tested positive July 14 and died July 24. Officials are confirming her location of death.
The 303rd death is an 84-year-old Umatilla County woman who had underlying health conditions. She tested positive July 22 and died July 25. Officials are confirming her location of death.
The prevalence of infections: State officials reported 306 confirmed infections since Monday out of 5,068 people tested, equaling a 6% positivity rate.
Who got infected: State officials reported new confirmed or presumed cases since Monday among the following age groups: 0-9 (14); 10-19 (49); 20-29 (73); 30-39 (53); 40-49 (60); 50-59 (34); 60-69 (28); 70-79 (6); 80 and older (9).
Who’s in the hospital: The state Tuesday reported 157 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections are currently in the hospital, up from 151 reported Monday. Oregon remains well below its capacity, with hundreds of hospital beds and ventilators available.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 17,416 confirmed or presumed infections and 303 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, 386,786 Oregonians have been tested.
— Brad Schmidt; email@example.com; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt