PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority reported a record-breaking 550 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest daily case count since the pandemic began.
The agency said that preliminary data indicates the spike in cases is due to "continued widespread community transmission," resulting in outbreaks throughout Oregon.
"Today’s case count is again a reminder that Oregonians cannot let their guards down," OHA said in a statement. The agency referred to new face covering requirements announced earlier this week, and previous statements urging Oregonians to rethink their Halloween plans.
“We all need to aggressively adhere to the face covering guidance and always wear a mask,” said Dr. Shimi Sharief, OHA senior health advisor. “We know everyone is tired and we all wish this would go away, but the reality is this disease is spreading in Oregon and it’s on all of us to protect ourselves and each other.”
Friday's update brings the states running total of cases to 41,348. The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported were in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (9), Clackamas (48), Columbia (3), Coos (5), Crook (7), Curry (1), Deschutes (11), Douglas (3), Grant (1), Harney (1), Hood River (4), Jackson (33), Jefferson (1), Josephine (1), Klamath (1), Lane (52), Lincoln (2), Linn (19), Malheur (13), Marion (57), Morrow (1), Multnomah (135), Polk (3), Umatilla (21), Union (1), Wasco (2), Washington (91), and Yamhill (23).
Three more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were also reported on Friday, bringing the state death toll to 649. OHA gave the following details about those fatalities:
- Oregon’s 647th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Oct.12 and died Oct. 21 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.
- Oregon’s 648th COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 21 and died Oct. 11 at Adventist Health Portland. She had underlying conditions.
- Oregon’s 649th COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 27 and died Oct. 18 at Adventist Health Portland. He had underlying conditions.