The Oregon Health Authority announced 388 new suspected or confirmed cases and three new deaths linked to COVID-19 on Saturday, a decrease in cases from the previous day but consistent with an overall increase in infections that state public health officials say could shoot into the air in the coming weeks.
The three COVID deaths reported Saturday put the state’s total value at 620. So far, there have been 39,316 known cases of the disease in Oregon.
New state modeling released Friday shows that if transmission continues at the current rate, Oregon̵
Should the transfer rate increase, officials say the number of new cases reported daily could reach 740 or a total of 3,400.
Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state epidemiologist and state health officer, urged Oregonians to take serious measures such as wearing masks, practicing social distance and gathering in small groups.
“The virus is unusually contagious, and when the weather turns and we move indoors, it will be more important than ever to take preventative measures,” he said.
Sidelines and other officials have warned against personal Halloween parties or trick-or-treating, though public health authorities have stopped short to advise against holding gatherings with extended family or friends at all as the holiday season approaches. Officials say they “know there is fatigue” among the public as the pandemic extends into its eighth month.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (1), Benton (2), Clackamas (30), Columbia (4), Coos (5), Crook (5), Deschutes (13), Douglas (7), Jackson (24), Josephine (2), Klamath (1), Lane (48), Linn (8), Malheur (13), Marion (49), Morrow (1), Multnomah (95), Polk (8), Umatilla (13), Union (1), Wallowa (1), Wasco (1), Washington (50) and Yamhill (6).
The 618th death is an 83-year-old man in Multnomah County with underlying conditions. He tested positive on Oct. 3 and died Oct. 9 at Portland Adventist Medical Center.
The 619th death is an 83-year-old woman in Wallowa County with underlying conditions. She tested positive on September 14 and died on September 29 at home.
The 620th death is a 92-year-old man in Marion County who had underlying conditions. He tested positive on October 3 and died on October 16 at home.
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