KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Klamath County Public Health continues to see spiking cases of coronavirus, with 75 new cases reported on Friday.
Klamath County Public Health said that case investigations are ongoing, but preliminary information points to workplace outbreaks, social events, and spread among households.
“We are now seeing the second-wave of COVID-19,” said KCPH Director Jennifer Little. “When an individual is exposed to the virus and proceeds to go out into the community, whether to work or social events, the spread becomes exponential. Next week is Thanksgiving. We can all make proactive choices to reduce the spread, protecting ourselves and others.”
The newest cases from Klamath County's total case count to 658 since the pandemic began. 130 of those cases were added this week.
With the amount of tests performed this week, KCPH said that there is a lag in getting results back as tests are being processed at a laboratory. Those awaiting results are asked to stay home, as well as those who have heard from others that they may have been exposed.
"KCPH is working through the weekend to make contact with those who are positive and confirmed close contacts," the agency said.
Officials have been closely tracking case counts over a two-week period due to the impact on how much in-person learning local schools can provide under Oregon's new coronavirus metrics. On Friday, Klamath County Public Health broke the news to districts that they would have to roll back the recent increase in in-person learning.
Despite the rising cases and latest death, reported hospitalizations from coronavirus have remained relatively low. Klamath County Public Health shows 25 people hospitalized, in total, since the beginning of the pandemic. Four county residents have died.