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Oregon breaks previous records for daily COVID-19 cases

The Oregon Health Authority reported 437 new confirmed and presumptive cases on Thursday, in addition to two deaths.

Posted: Jul 16, 2020 1:59 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2020 2:17 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon once again broke a record for daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, after the Oregon Health Authority reported 437 new confirmed and presumptive cases. The state also reported two more deaths attributed to the virus, bringing the death toll to 249.

"Today’s case count is the highest since the onset of the pandemic," OHA said in a statement. "The rise in cases is attributed to the spread of COVID-19 from social gatherings and sporadic spread. Worksite outbreaks and long term care facility outbreaks also are contributing cases to the daily count."

The Thursday cases brought Oregon's total to 13,509 since the start of the pandemic.

The new cases were reported in the following counties: Benton (4), Clackamas (28), Clatsop (2), Coos (2), Deschutes (28), Douglas (4), Hood River (5), Jackson (8), Jefferson (6), Josephine (1), Klamath (3), Lane (12), Lincoln (3), Linn (4), Malheur (17), Marion (53), Morrow (8), Multnomah (108), Polk (7), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (50), Union (1), Wasco (2), Washington (76), and Yamhill (3).

OHA underlined that many of the positive cases have come from private gatherings — graduation parties, birthdays, weddings, holiday get-togethers, exercise classes, fraternity and bachelor parties.

The agency said that the two latest deaths were both in Malheur County. A 97-year-old man tested positive on June 29 and died on July 15 at his home. He had underlying conditions. A 58-year-old woman tested positive on July 6 and died on July 13, though her place of death and any information on underlying conditions have not yet been confirmed.

Testing drops while positive cases continue to rise

Previous weekly reports on coronavirus testing from the OHA have shown a rising rate of positive results out of total tests performed, with the positivity rate gradually climbing each week since late May.

The latest report, released on Monday, shows that the number of tests performed have dropped in the past week — but the positivity rate continued to climb.

Between June 28 and July 5, Oregon received 39,914 total results with a positive rate of 5.3 percent. Last week, between July 6 and July 12, total results dropped to 28,314 with a positive rate of 5.8 percent.

"Oregon’s number of tests performed had been steadily increasing until this week when the number of COVID-19 tests performed dropped by 29 percent," OHA said. "The number of positive cases and the test positivity rate have increased significantly since late May. This suggests increasing numbers of individuals with COVID-19, which is expected now that all counties are in Phase 1 or Phase 2 of reopening. Recent large outbreaks around the state have also contributed to these increases. We will continue to monitor these trends."

Governor Brown says school this fall 'will not look like a normal year'

Governor Kate Brown issued a statement on Thursday, referencing a meeting the day prior with the Healthy Schools Reopening Council:

“As COVID-19 continues to spread across Oregon, it has become clear that school this fall will not look like a normal year. Many, if not most Oregon students are in districts that will focus on online distance learning or have a hybrid model of some online education and some in-person classroom time.

“I am pushing school officials to make sure underserved and marginalized students –– our kids of color and our low-income kids –– get the support and opportunities they need. We cannot allow our response to this pandemic to increase racial disparities in educational outcomes.

"Whether or not kids are in school buildings this fall, we must provide the very best possible education for every single Oregon student, while ensuring that the school experience is as safe as possible for everyone: students, educators, support staff, parents, and the community at large."

Brown's office said that members of the council received an update on COVID-19 metrics from OHA. Acknowledging that variations exist in COVID-19 spread county-by-county, council members are now considering "what specific metrics should guide local decisions about when and whether to shift from in-person to remote instruction during the school year."

"They also discussed the specific needs for those students who do enter school buildings and the educators who serve them, including how to implement health and safety measures to limit the spread of the disease, such as the use of face coverings for students, how many students should be in a classroom at one time, and strategies for transportation with school bus capacity limited by physical distancing," Brown's office said.

The council also reportedly discussed more training and support for educators, to ensure that students have ways to access learning and critical support services under hybrid and comprehensive distance learning models, and providing more flexibility for a longer school year.

"Student representatives on the council offered compelling examples of the ways schools and educators are vital to student mental health and well-being, and the difficulty of maintaining those connections and support when school buildings are closed," Brown's office said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 206851

Reported Deaths: 2756
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah40371614
Washington26781248
Marion23425323
Clackamas18932235
Lane13908164
Jackson11535146
Deschutes1001882
Umatilla859387
Linn561181
Yamhill478279
Klamath477678
Polk399356
Douglas388483
Malheur361463
Josephine360672
Benton326522
Jefferson237039
Coos216637
Columbia192129
Union149924
Wasco144430
Lincoln143021
Crook129223
Hood River121633
Morrow115416
Clatsop10589
Baker101115
Curry71011
Tillamook6604
Grant5507
Lake4678
Harney4339
Wallowa1945
Gilliam801
Sherman671
Wheeler351
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3809710

Reported Deaths: 63356
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles124774424456
Riverside3016684627
San Bernardino2992894845
San Diego2818103771
Orange2730575113
Santa Clara1201632188
Kern1107991404
Sacramento1078211736
Fresno1029471724
Alameda896591277
Ventura816611031
San Joaquin747271440
Contra Costa70730813
Stanislaus634971070
Tulare49776849
Monterey43836432
San Mateo42681581
San Francisco37269556
Santa Barbara34613455
Solano33762266
Merced32313478
Sonoma30884317
Imperial28855741
Placer23589299
Kings23195247
San Luis Obispo21421261
Madera16638245
Santa Cruz16246208
Marin14206230
Yolo14160212
Butte12668194
Shasta12630233
El Dorado10396116
Napa1002680
Sutter9663113
Yuba648951
San Benito610963
Lassen578424
Tehama573463
Nevada491975
Humboldt449948
Mendocino434050
Tuolumne421271
Amador374047
Lake356345
Glenn243427
Siskiyou239637
Colusa228418
Calaveras220756
Del Norte14588
Inyo143438
Mono12954
Plumas7366
Modoc5585
Mariposa4657
Trinity4225
Sierra1160
Alpine890
Unassigned280
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