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Klamath County reports 151 new COVID-19 cases; eighth death

Public health officials said that the latest spike in cases has overwhelmed contact tracing efforts.

Posted: Dec 4, 2020 5:30 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2020 5:37 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Klamath County Public Health reported 151 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, alongside another fatality from the virus.

The latest death was an 82-year-old woman who passed away at her residence on December 1. She had underlying health conditions. Her passing bring Klamath County's death toll from the virus to 8.

The 151 new cases on Friday brought Klamath County's weekly count to 255, and has overwhelmed public health officials' ability for timely contact tracing.

“In the last 24 hours more than 150 new positive cases have been reported to KCPH,” said Director Jennifer Little. “This volume of new cases exceeds our capacity to continue to follow up on all cases within 24 hours.

“All positive cases will continue to receive calls from public health but it may take days before you hear from us, as we work through new case investigations in a prioritized manner based on risk. We will no longer be following up with close contacts, unless they are determined to be high risk."

Little directed people who have received a positive test, or have a close contact who tested positive, to the county's public health website.

“We are asking those who have tested positive to let their close contacts know of their exposure. A close contact is someone who has been within six feet of a positive individual for 15 or more cumulative minutes, with or without a mask,” Little said.

Sky Lakes Medical Center also put out a statement on Friday, pushing back at coronavirus misinformation and defiance of public health measures in the community as the hospital continues to treat dozens of COVID-19 patients — some of them seriously ill and in the ICU.

"Masks will not prevent all spread of this disease, but it will certainly and clearly prevent some of it," the medical provider said. "Some people don’t want to wear a mask because they think it’s not protecting them. That is not why we ask you to wear one. We are asking you to be selfless and protect others because you may have COVID and not know it. Isn’t preventing the suffering of even one person having to struggle just to breathe enough to ask people to wear a mask?"

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Cases: 156287

Reported Deaths: 2252
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Multnomah31935542
Washington21311212
Marion18541285
Clackamas13426183
Lane10325129
Jackson8489114
Umatilla767882
Deschutes597561
Yamhill379168
Linn360157
Malheur335358
Polk307343
Klamath279855
Douglas252755
Josephine236553
Benton234817
Jefferson196628
Coos152420
Union129519
Columbia127421
Wasco122126
Lincoln113620
Hood River106929
Morrow104914
Clatsop7776
Crook77618
Baker6639
Curry4296
Tillamook4212
Lake3786
Harney2776
Grant2251
Wallowa1425
Gilliam541
Sherman530
Wheeler221
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Cases: 3582320

Reported Deaths: 53083
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Los Angeles119601721676
Riverside2904983849
San Bernardino2870552959
Orange2617983966
San Diego2613533342
Santa Clara1110761798
Kern103756915
Fresno957851451
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Alameda809501271
Ventura77952870
San Joaquin671231150
Contra Costa62931695
Stanislaus56433953
Tulare48114768
Monterey42335329
San Mateo39148521
San Francisco34387422
Santa Barbara32147420
Solano30216165
Merced29264407
Sonoma28261301
Imperial26926638
Kings22091220
Placer19911232
San Luis Obispo19751238
Madera15523214
Santa Cruz14736183
Marin13285198
Yolo12867185
Shasta11054179
Butte11007167
El Dorado9195100
Napa908072
Sutter889998
Yuba577638
San Benito577061
Lassen562324
Tehama510452
Nevada398874
Tuolumne396659
Mendocino382643
Amador347441
Humboldt323033
Lake316941
Glenn223223
Colusa214013
Calaveras191849
Siskiyou178414
Inyo132137
Mono12144
Del Norte10085
Plumas6536
Modoc4604
Mariposa3957
Trinity3735
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Alpine820
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