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Oregon Health Authority reports new record daily high for COVID-19 cases

Though daily case counts had dropped for a few weeks statewide, cases have started to surge again following the Labor Day weekend.

Posted: Sep 25, 2020 2:21 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2020 2:23 PM

SALEM, Ore. — After a drop in positive cases at the end of August and into September, the Oregon Health Authority reported a new record daily high for coronavirus cases on Friday — the latest in a surge of new cases this week.

OHA reported 457 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state total to 32,314 since the start of the pandemic.

"We find ourselves at another crossroads," said OHA Director Patrick Allen. "After weeks of steady decline, COVID-19 cases have been rising. Today we are reporting 457 new cases – the single highest daily total since the onset of this pandemic."

Allen attributed many of those cases to several factors — gatherings over the Labor Day weekend, college students returning to campuses, and testing interruptions in areas impacted by fire, accompanied by more people seeking care for respiratory issues.

"For several weeks, we were successful in reducing COVID-19 cases. New cases reported weekly were in steady decline," Allen continued. "Oregon continues to have one of the lowest rates of infection in the nation. But this surge is an indication of how fragile our progress against the virus is."

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Friday were in the following counties: Benton (11), Clackamas (33), Clatsop (73), Columbia (7), Coos (3), Deschutes (17), Jackson (14), Jefferson (4), Josephine (2), Klamath (1), Lake (3), Lane (50), Lincoln (2), Linn (12), Malheur (20), Marion (58), Morrow (4), Multnomah (62), Polk (8), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (9), Union (4), Wasco (3), Washington (51), and Yamhill (5).

OHA also reported three more fatalities, which included a Jackson County man disclosed by local health officials earlier in the week:

  • Oregon’s 540th COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man in Lane County who died on Sept. 1. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Place of death is being confirmed.
  • Oregon’s 541st COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 15 and died on Sept. 23 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
  • Oregon’s 542nd COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive on Sept. 10 and died on Sept. 18 at Providence Medford Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

OHA also addressed a major workplace outbreak of 79 cases at Pacific Seafood in Clatsop County. The investigation began on September 15, and initially came in below the threshold for public disclosure, the agency said. Those cases have surged in the days since.

"The case count includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to an employee," OHA said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 40136

Reported Deaths: 633
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah8689154
Marion5547106
Washington542972
Umatilla327643
Clackamas297065
Lane217026
Malheur185834
Jackson15196
Deschutes106513
Yamhill95115
Linn75814
Polk63715
Jefferson5979
Morrow5426
Lincoln50813
Union4562
Benton4196
Klamath4013
Wasco33415
Douglas3244
Hood River2691
Josephine2573
Columbia2471
Clatsop2350
Coos2250
Baker1122
Crook862
Tillamook690
Curry561
Wallowa402
Lake350
Sherman180
Harney150
Gilliam110
Grant100
Wheeler10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 883746

Reported Deaths: 17055
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2900096912
Riverside646681273
San Bernardino606211028
Orange573731412
San Diego53000857
Kern33497410
Fresno30152430
Sacramento24582471
Santa Clara23458382
Alameda22807433
San Joaquin21196484
Contra Costa18214236
Stanislaus17354393
Tulare17206276
Ventura13930160
Imperial12534335
San Francisco11937133
Monterey1111783
San Mateo10889157
Santa Barbara9641119
Merced9375152
Sonoma9016134
Kings817383
Solano717174
Marin7030127
Madera492073
San Luis Obispo404932
Placer401255
Yolo308656
Butte302651
Santa Cruz272223
Napa189214
Sutter181912
Shasta178629
San Benito140714
El Dorado12904
Yuba127810
Mendocino110421
Tehama7938
Lassen7571
Lake67315
Glenn6423
Nevada5908
Humboldt5589
Colusa5476
Calaveras33317
Amador31316
Tuolumne2554
Inyo21815
Siskiyou1850
Del Norte1751
Mono1752
Mariposa782
Plumas540
Modoc270
Trinity230
Sierra60
Alpine30
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