The nationwide coronavirus wave continues to hit Oregon.
The state reported seven more deaths and 1,509 new confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus on Saturday. The number of reported cases set a record for the second day in a row.
The Oregon Health Authority warned Friday that the rapid rise in cases poses a “clear and present threat” to hospitals̵
The total official COVID-19 deaths in Oregon are now at 819. Coronavirus is spreading out of control in large parts of the state.
Public health officials say the best chance the state has to reduce the case number and relieve pressure on hospitals is for people to stay home as much as possible, embrace mask-wearing and social distance when out in public, and follow Gov. Kate Brown’s recently introduced restrictions on gatherings.
“The most important message we’re trying to put out is that when the virus spreads quickly, you need to tighten your bubble,” said Oregon Health Authority senior adviser Dr. Bukhosi Dube for The Oregonian / OregonLive on Thursday.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (9), Benton (22), Clackamas (122), Clatsop (5), Columbia (10), Coos (6), Crook (3), Curry (4), Deschutes (35), Douglas (37), Grant (11), Harney (3), Hood River (6), Jackson (63), Jefferson (8), Josephine (16), Klamath (20), Lake (7), Lane (87), Lincoln (4) , Linn (45), Malheur (27), Marion (124), Morrow (10), Multnomah (414), Polk (42), Umatilla (40), Union (31), Wasco (14), Washington (223) Wheeler (1) and Yamhill (60).
New deaths: Oregon’s 813. COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man from Douglas County with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive on Oct. 29 and died Nov. 19 at Mercy Medical Center.
The 814th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old Jackson County man with underlying conditions. He tested positive on October 24 and died on November 13.
The 815th COVID-19 death is a 75-year-old woman in Columbia County who had underlying conditions. She tested positive on October 23 and died on November 19 at Legacy Emanuel Hospital.
The 816th COVID-19 dead is a 77-year-old woman in Jackson County who had underlying conditions. She tested positive on November 9 and died on November 19 at her residence.
The 817th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old Jackson County man who tested positive on Nov. 10 and died Nov. 20 at his residence. Officials are working to confirm whether he had underlying conditions.
The 818th COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old man in Washington County who had underlying conditions. He tested positive on November 2 and died on November 19 at his residence.
The 819th COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old woman in Jackson County, Jackson County, who had underlying conditions. She tested positive on November 12 and died on November 20 at her residence.
– Douglas Perry