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Coronavirus in Oregon: State reports 1,151 new cases, 21 more deaths – OregonLive

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Dec 4, 2020

The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday reported 1,151 new confirmed or presumptive cases and 21 more deaths as the number of fatalities in the state quickly climbs toward 1,000.

In just three days of December, 63 new deaths have been reported, more than the total number of reported deaths in all of March, May or June.

Hospitalizations also rose by 10 after a dip Wednesday, with 559 people in the hospital. Four more people were in intensive care units around the state.

Hospitalizations and new cases appear to have briefly plateaued this week, but some of that is due to reporting problems at the state.

Announced daily cases haven’t topped 1,314 for four straight days, and Thursday’s total was substantially lower than the tally from Thanksgiving day.

It’s difficult to know, however, if the decline is being driven by fewer infections, fewer people seeking testing over the Thanksgiving holiday or other factors. The state has dramatically shifted the way it tracks testing, making historic comparisons difficult.

Also complicating factors are technological challenges at the Oregon Health Authority. In response to questions from The Oregonian/OregonLive, officials acknowledged that more than 200 cases that should have been announced Wednesday were not included in the daily news release but were added to the state’s cumulative total and in county-level online dashboards.

Tim Heider, a state spokesman, said in an email that a “processing glitch” kept those cases from being announced by the agency, meaning the actual case count Wednesday was about 1,500. He said the undercount in the news release would not impact the state’s rolling case average, however, because that is calculated from the cumulative count – which has always been correct.

If the state’s cases and hospitalizations do in fact plateau, it could be an indication that spread is slowing following new statewide restrictions initially rolled out by Gov. Kate Brown last month.

Where the new cases are by county: Baker (10), Benton (10), Clackamas (111), Clatsop (9), Columbia (5), Coos (6), Crook (4), Curry (7), Deschutes (42), Douglas (17), Grant (1), Harney (1), Hood River (4), Jackson (11), Jefferson (4), Josephine (1), Klamath (21), Lake (2), Lane (80), Lincoln (9), Linn (42), Malheur (13), Marion (113), Morrow (4), Multnomah (292), Polk (12), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (36), Union (6), Wasco (11), Washington (245) and Yamhill (21).

New deaths: The 953rd fatality is a 70-year-old Washington County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Nov. 14 and died Nov. 26 at Tuality Community Hospital.

The 954th fatality is a 76-year-old Multnomah County man. He tested positive Nov. 16 and died Nov. 21 at Providence Portland Medical Center. Officials were working to confirm whether he had underlying medical conditions.

The 955th fatality is a 56-year-old Lane County man. He tested positive Nov. 20 and died Nov. 22 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend. Officials were working to confirm whether he had underlying medical conditions.

The 956th fatality is a 98-year-old Lane County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Nov. 18 and died Nov. 24 at her residence.

The 957th fatality is a 51-year-old Marion County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 10 and died Nov. 23 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center.

The 958th fatality is an 85-year-old Lane County woman. She tested positive Nov. 10 and died Nov. 25 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend. Officials were working to confirm whether she had underlying medical conditions.

The 959th fatality is a 97-year-old Clackamas County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Nov. 25 and died Dec. 1 at her residence.

The 960th fatality is a 97-year-old Clackamas County man. He tested positive Nov. 24 and died Nov. 27 at Providence Portland Medical Center. Officials were working to confirm whether he had underlying medical conditions.

The 961st fatality is a 95-year-old Linn County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Nov. 20 and died Nov. 25 at Albany General Hospital.

The 962nd fatality is a 70-year-old Multnomah County man. He tested positive Nov. 18 and died Dec. 2. Officials were working to confirm where he died and whether he had underlying medical conditions.

The 963rd fatality is a 74-year-old Marion County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 13 and died Dec. 1 at Salem Hospital.

The 964th fatality is a 78-year-old Marion County man. He tested positive Nov. 24 and died Nov. 30. Officials were working to confirm whether he had underlying medical conditions.

The 965th fatality is a 72-year-old Marion County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 28 and died Dec. 1 at Salem Hospital.

The 966th fatality is an 83-year-old Jackson County man. He tested positive Nov. 25 and died Dec. 1 at Rogue Valley Medical Center. Officials were working to confirm whether he had underlying medical conditions.

The 967th fatality is an 81-year-old Marion County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 27 and died Dec. 2 at Salem Hospital.

The 968th fatality is a 93-year-old Multnomah County woman. She tested positive Nov. 9 and died Nov. 17 at her residence. Officials were working to confirm whether she had underlying medical conditions.

The 969th fatality is an 83-year-old Multnomah County woman. She tested positive Nov. 28 and died Dec. 2 at Providence Portland Medical Center. Officials were working to confirm whether she had underlying medical conditions.

The 970th fatality is an 81-year-old Marion County man. He tested positive Nov. 6 and died Nov. 30 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. Officials were working to confirm whether he had underlying medical conditions.

The 971st fatality is an 81-year-old Multnomah County man. He tested positive Nov. 20 and died Nov. 22 at Providence Portland Medical Center. Officials were working to confirm whether he had underlying medical conditions.

The 972nd fatality is a 74-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Oct. 24 and died Dec. 1 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

The 973rd fatality is a 92-year-old Union County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 17 and died Nov. 25 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

The Oregon Department of Corrections also reported that an inmate between the ages of 80 and 90 at the Oregon State Correctional Institution died Nov. 30 and tested positive for COVID-19. His death is not yet reflected in the state’s tally.

The state also reported that a previous death had been counted twice and the fatality toll had been adjusted to reflect the correction.

The prevalence of infections: On Thursday, the state reported 1,799 new positive tests out of 21,382 tests performed, equaling an 8.4% positivity rate.

Who got infected: New confirmed or presumed infections grew among the following age groups: 0-9 (43); 10-19 (105); 20-29 (223); 30-39 (226); 40-49 (193); 50-59 (155); 60-69 (82); 70-79 (65); 80 and older (42).

Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 559 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were currently in the hospital Wednesday, 10 more than Wednesday. Of those, 109 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, an increase of four over Wednesday.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 79,293 confirmed or presumed infections and 973 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, 2,043,324 tests have been performed in Oregon.

— Kale Williams; kwilliams@oregonian.com; 503-294-4048; @sfkale

 

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