The Oregon Health Authority reports the number of people who died from COVID-19 doubled over the last week and the transmisson of the disease is on the rise.
OHA released its Weekly Report, which highlights the data trends for the week from July 6 through July 12. The report noted that the recent COVID-19 resurgence accelerated over the reporting week. OHA recorded 2,043 new cases of COVID-19 infection, a 7 percent increase from the previous week. In addition, 22 Oregonians were reported to have died, twice the number who died the preceding week. The percentage of tests positive increased to 6.2 percent from 5.0 percent, though the daily number of newly reported infections appears to have plateaued for the first time since late May.
Hospitalizations also plateaued after increasing for the five consecutive weeks and remain below earlier peaks in March and April despite reported daily case counts approximately three times as high. These circumstances are probably due principally to 1) detection and reporting of a higher proportion of all infections that occur (more widespread testing; testing of asymptomatic contacts of known cases); and 2) actual increases in underlying rates of infection among younger people who are at lower risk of hospitalization than are those in older age groups. ICU bed usage remains well under capacity statewide.
COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, bringing the state’s death toll to 247.
Oregon Health Authority reported 282 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 13,081.
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (1), Clackamas (24), Columbia (2), Coos (2), Crook (1), Deschutes (12), Douglas (4), Jackson (9), Jefferson (2), Josephine (1), Klamath (1), Lane (9), Lincoln (2), Linn (2), Malheur (15), Marion (38), Morrow (3), Multnomah (59), Polk (4), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (27), Union (4), Wasco (2), Washington (50), and Yamhill (6).
Oregon’s 244th COVID-19 death is a 63-year-old man in Deschutes County who tested positive on June 13 and died on June 14 at St. Charles Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 245th COVID-19 death is a 61-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on April 13 and died on May 6 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 246th death is an 85-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on April 11 and died on June 20 at Providence Portland Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 247th death is a 61-year-old woman in Douglas County who tested positive on June 28 and died on July 12 at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. She had underlying conditions.