Coronavirus in Oregon: 3 new deaths as known cases near 7,500, health officials say


The Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday reported three new deaths and 171 new cases of the novel coronavirus.

A 63-year-old Lincoln County man, a 78-year-old Clackamas County man and an 87-year-old Marion County woman were the latest patients to succumb to COVID-19, bringing the toll to 195, health officials said.

The state has now recorded 7,444 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases.

The latest were in 18 of Oregon’s 36 counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (8), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (4), Jackson (2), Jefferson (3), Klamath (3), Lincoln (9), Linn (1), Malheur (5), Marion (13), Multnomah (45), Polk (1), Umatilla (35), Union (5), Wasco (2), Washington (31), Yamhill (1).

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County case totals: Three counties — Multnomah, Marion and Washington — have more than 1,000 known coronavirus cases each. Another nine counties — Clackamas, Deschutes, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Polk, Umatilla, Union, Yamhill — have reported at least 100 coronavirus cases. Gilliam and Wheeler haven’t identified any.

Here’s the overall count — confirmed and presumptive cases — by county: Baker (1), Benton (70), Clackamas (640), Clatsop (47), Columbia (26), Coos (37), Crook (9), Curry (7), Deschutes (153), Douglas (34), Grant (1), Harney (1), Hood River, (88), Jackson (94), Jefferson (84), Josephine (26), Klamath (98), Lake (6), Lane (107), Lincoln (301), Linn (130), Malheur (58), Marion (1,378), Morrow (35), Multnomah (1,938), Polk (132), Sherman (1), Tillamook (7), Umatilla (333), Union (287), Wallowa (8), Wasco (54), Washington (1,151) and Yamhill (102).

Oregon’s Latino population has been disproportionately hit hard by the coronavirus. Though Latinos make up 13% of the state’s population, they represent at least 35% of all positive cases.

Death toll: At least 195 people are known to have died from COVID-19. They are from 15 counties — 68 people from Multnomah, 36 from Marion, 24 from Clackamas, 20 from Washington, 12 from Polk, nine from Linn, eight from Yamhill, five from Benton, four from Umatilla, three from Lane, two from Lincoln and one each from Josephine, Malheur, Morrow and Wasco.

Their ages ranged from 36 to 100. Among them, 112 men and 83 women have died. All but four had underlying medical conditions.

The breakdown of deaths by age: ages 30-39 (1), ages 40-49 (3), ages 50-59 (9), ages 60-69 (40), ages 70-79 (53), ages 80-plus (89).

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Senior care homes: More than half of all coronavirus deaths in Oregon — at least 112 — are associated with a care center, a newsroom analysis of state data shows. More than 800 senior care home residents, staff and close contacts from nearly 100 nursing, assisted and retirement homes have contracted COVID-19. One care home worker has died since the start of the Oregon epidemic, state data show. Officials did not say where the person worked or when they died.

Outbreaks: The largest outbreak in the state has been at Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Union County, where it is linked to 236 infections, as of last week.

At least 1,132 coronavirus infections — or nearly 15% of all cases — are linked to workplace outbreaks identified by the Oregon Health Authority. Among them: the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem (182), Pacific Seafood in Newport (163) and Duckwall Fruit in Hood River (63).

Testing: Another 3,293 people received coronavirus test results in the last day, down from the previous day’s 4,075 , according to figures published on the Oregon Health Authority’s website.

So far, 213,749 Oregonians have been tested for the illness since the state confirmed its first case on Feb. 28.

Oregon’s positive test rate for COVID-19 is currently 3.5%, below the 10.3% national average. However, it has risen sharply in recent weeks. For the week ending Friday, the percent of positive tests was 4.1%. That’s more than double the positive test rate of 1.6% for the week May 16-22, the first week after many parts of Oregon started reopening.

Public health officials think reopening has accelerated the spread of the disease.

Ages: People in their 20s are getting infected the most. Some experts say a big contributing factor: This group too often appears to be socializing or going out without maintaining proper physical distancing or wearing masks.

The breakdown: 0-9 (256), ages 10-19 (503), ages 20-29 (1,418), ages 30-39 (1,312), ages 40-49 (1,248), ages 50-59 (1,098), ages 60-69 (769), ages 70-79 (480), ages 80-plus (347).

Gender: 3,830 cases are among women, or 51%, and 3,593, or 49%, are among men.

Hospitalizations: At least 1,006 of the state’s COVID-19 patients, or 14%, have been hospitalized at some point during their illness, according to the health authority.

Most — at least 739 — have been 50 or older.

The hospitalizations breakdown by age: 0-9 (7), ages 10-19 (5), ages 20-29 (52), ages 30-39 (79), ages 40-49 (122), ages 50-59 (176), ages 60-69 (219), ages 70-79 (195), ages 80-plus (149).

Currently, 89 people with confirmed coronavirus cases are hospitalized, down from 97 the previous day. Forty are in intensive care and 25 on ventilators.

Recoveries: At least 2,588 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the illness, according to the latest published numbers.

Nationwide: Confirmed coronavirus cases stood at 2.3 million. The death toll neared 122,000.

— Shane Dixon Kavanaugh; 503-294-7632

Email at skavanaugh@oregonian.com

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