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Coronavirus Watch: Oregon Health Authority adds 82 deaths to state COVID-19 death toll on Tuesday

The second death data reconciliation in as many weeks resulted in Oregon's highest single-day death report since the pandemic began, albeit with a major caveat.

Posted: Oct 12, 2021 3:18 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2021 4:10 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority reported 82 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Tuesday, marking the highest single-day count since the pandemic began — albeit with a major asterisk that a "death data reconciliation" process contributed to the number.

This is the second such record-breaking report in as many weeks. OHA's report last Thursday, October 7, noted 59 deaths. This was the single-day record at the time, but death data reconciliation again contributed to that high number.

"Death is a lagging indicator and generally follows a surge in cases," OHA said. "In addition, there is often a lag in reporting as our epidemiologists review death certificates."

These are essentially deaths believed to have been caused COVID-19 that slipped through the cracks at the time that they occurred, meaning that they were not previously reported to the state.

On the October 7 OHA report were deaths that occurred in May, June, and July of this year, in addition to the more recent October and September deaths. One woman listed on the report died on January 30. Only fifteen of the patients listed had died within the past two months.

Tuesday's report with the staggering 82 deaths did not include characteristics such as age, date, or location, which OHA has taken to providing in an update the following day.

The OHA report on Monday included 20 deaths. While a considerably smaller number than Tuesday's report with the contribution from data reconciliation, it pushed Oregon over the edge of 4,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Tuesday's additions brought that total to 4,084.

"OHA expects that reported deaths may continue to be high even as daily case counts decrease. This is due to the time lag between when a person tests positive for a case of COVID-19 and when they die with COVID-19," OHA continued. "The best way to reduce COVID-19 related deaths is by getting vaccinated. Safe, free and highly effective vaccines are widely available throughout Oregon."

Officials reported 1,413 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients continue to drop, with OHA noting a total of 585 patients in the hospital on Tuesday. Of those patients, 149 were in intensive care unit beds.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 352026

Reported Deaths: 4185
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55306692
Washington38321316
Marion36352445
Clackamas29350304
Lane27309299
Jackson22783304
Deschutes19886124
Umatilla14286144
Linn12617120
Douglas11918241
Josephine9292195
Yamhill8584111
Klamath7765111
Polk719680
Malheur552774
Benton537630
Coos492593
Columbia375743
Jefferson366351
Union316247
Lincoln313338
Wasco282640
Crook277646
Clatsop240729
Baker199228
Tillamook194929
Hood River190137
Morrow183023
Curry178723
Harney110225
Grant98012
Lake89711
Wallowa67312
Gilliam1494
Sherman1463
Wheeler1031
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 4825708

Reported Deaths: 70829
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles147768626443
Riverside3704095008
San Diego3649124169
San Bernardino3574215597
Orange3234075528
Sacramento1584372283
Fresno1451192063
Santa Clara1450041895
Kern1449141615
Alameda1202831381
San Joaquin1022501721
Ventura1008011165
Contra Costa99612995
Stanislaus856421319
Tulare79513958
San Francisco54220644
San Mateo53970622
Monterey50772583
Solano45898340
Santa Barbara45005522
Merced42047579
Sonoma40822402
Placer39118420
Imperial35794764
Kings32587315
San Luis Obispo29797331
Madera23680281
Butte23649265
Shasta23544341
Santa Cruz20928218
Yolo20240248
Marin17644243
El Dorado17083149
Sutter13847172
Napa12855100
Yuba1000882
Tehama9406107
Humboldt9171108
Nevada909490
Mendocino757686
Lassen749946
San Benito741372
Tuolumne680893
Lake6565104
Amador540364
Siskiyou445842
Glenn433632
Calaveras385180
Del Norte357141
Colusa302818
Inyo203540
Mono16565
Plumas16046
Mariposa130815
Trinity86711
Modoc6758
Unassigned1820
Sierra1810
Alpine1030
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