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OHA urges smaller, masked gatherings amid upward trend in positive COVID-19 cases

The Oregon Health Authority wants private gatherings of fewer than ten people for at least the next three weeks.

Posted: Jul 10, 2020 4:39 PM
Updated: Jul 10, 2020 5:33 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — On Friday the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued new recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19, citing "concerning" trends from recent models that show rapid spread of coronavirus throughout the state.

OHA says they’re seeing cases stem from family gatherings and social parties — graduation parties, birthdays, weddings, holiday gatherings, exercise classes, and fraternity or bachelor parties. Those sources have led officials this week to stress precautions in these private settings.

“We’re asking everyone in our state to voluntarily limit indoor social gatherings to fewer than 10 people for at least the next three weeks,” said Patrick Allen, the Director of OHA, in an early afternoon press conference.

The agency has also asked that people observe social distancing and wear face coverings, even in private gatherings. For more vulnerable people, groups are asked to find alternative ways for them to participate.

"While it is difficult not to celebrate these events as we have in the past, COVID-19 is spreading in our communities and people must think hard about altering daily routines that may put people at risk," the agency said.


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“As of several weeks ago, we knew that if transmissions did not begin to reduce, we’d have rapidly increasing infection numbers, moving towards exponential growth. Today’s model shows that we have reached a point where even if we saw a 10 percent reduction in transmission from the current rates, we would continue to see increases in case numbers,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the State Health Officer and Epidemiologist.

Recent models have utilized three different scenarios — stable transmission rates over the next 30 days, a 10 percent reduction in rates, or a 10 percent increase. In any of those scenarios, OHA said, Oregonians must do more to flatten the curve.

"The bottom line is that the disease is spreading more rapidly than expected and that since reopening, Oregonians have not consistently modeled the behavior needed to contain the spread of COVID-19," the agency said.

OHA says it's checking hospital capacities and trends every day; and if trends continue to worsen, Oregon could be in a dangerous position.


RELATED: Alongside increased COVID-19 testing, Oregon sees rising positivity rate


“If nothing changes, we’d have 49 hospitalizations a day; which would quickly fill hospitals across Oregon,” said Sidelinger.

Testing has increased within the state, OHA said, but states like Florida, Arizona, and Texas are in need of more test kits due to recent outbreaks — and more cases on the national level could impact Oregon’s supply.

“This is potentially a huge challenge for us,” said Allen.

"While it is difficult not to celebrate these events as we have in the past, COVID-19 is spreading in our communities and people must think hard about altering daily routines that may put people at risk," the agency said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 174501

Reported Deaths: 2460
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah34800568
Washington23412229
Marion20116299
Clackamas15311204
Lane11554144
Jackson9904127
Umatilla796883
Deschutes708272
Linn414263
Yamhill408775
Klamath345259
Polk342952
Malheur342758
Josephine305462
Douglas304365
Benton273218
Jefferson206432
Coos196831
Columbia153826
Union141124
Lincoln129820
Wasco128928
Hood River112429
Morrow107915
Clatsop8918
Crook87819
Baker85614
Curry5939
Tillamook5803
Lake4137
Grant4064
Harney3056
Wallowa1575
Sherman570
Gilliam561
Wheeler251
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 3716579

Reported Deaths: 60994
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles122864123628
Riverside2972154525
San Bernardino2945774550
San Diego2748113674
Orange2688694891
Santa Clara1169712013
Kern1078251322
Sacramento1010581646
Fresno1005001643
Alameda852561477
Ventura802301000
San Joaquin714311334
Contra Costa66927782
Stanislaus603831028
Tulare49383830
Monterey43267357
San Mateo41107560
San Francisco35993517
Santa Barbara33863446
Solano31875239
Merced31196452
Sonoma29679311
Imperial27962719
Kings22766245
Placer21751283
San Luis Obispo20917256
Madera16250239
Santa Cruz15554204
Marin13860226
Yolo13559199
Shasta11677217
Butte11549196
El Dorado9719109
Napa965479
Sutter9268109
Yuba609844
San Benito598263
Lassen566924
Tehama543056
Nevada444775
Tuolumne406664
Mendocino398747
Amador362151
Humboldt358737
Lake340643
Glenn235525
Colusa219816
Calaveras205551
Siskiyou194021
Inyo141738
Del Norte12747
Mono12734
Plumas6906
Modoc4884
Mariposa4247
Trinity3985
Sierra1100
Alpine880
Unassigned330
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