PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon saw a new single-day high for coronavirus cases since the pandemic began on Thursday, with more than 1,000 new confirmed or presumptive cases.
The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,122 new cases on Thursday, bringing the state total to 53,779. The agency also reported four more deaths, bringing the death toll to 746.
"Today’s total is the highest number of cases reported in a single day since the pandemic started in Oregon," OHA said in a statement. "Small social gatherings continue to act as a catalyst for COVID-19 transmission: for example, a portion of this week’s rising cases can be attributed to at least five Halloween events, from small social gatherings to a party attended by more than 100 people."
The agency urged Oregonians to limit social gatherings to within a household, or no more than six people if involving outside households — reducing the frequency of those gatherings, and keeping the same six people in a social gathering circle.
"While these social gathering precautions are in place for the nine counties covered by Governor Brown’s 'pause' declaration, they are effective COVID-19 prevention steps for all Oregonians," the agency said.
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Thursday were in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (20), Clackamas (102), Clatsop (1), Columbia (8), Crook (5), Curry (3), Deschutes (28), Douglas (14), Grant (4), Harney (1), Hood River (3), Jackson (123), Jefferson (1), Josephine (4), Klamath (9), Lane (65), Lincoln (1), Linn (8), Marion (102), Morrow (3), Multnomah (351), Polk (19), Umatilla (44), Union (2), Wasco (5), Washington (169), and Yamhill (26).
OHA also gave the following info about the most recent fatalities:
- Oregon’s 743rd COVID-19 death is a 62-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Oct. 13 and died on Nov. 11 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend. He did not have underlying conditions.
- Oregon’s 744th COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive on Nov. 4 and died on Nov. 5. Place of death is being confirmed. He had underlying conditions.
- Oregon’s 745th COVID-19 death is a 95-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Oct. 14 and died on Nov. 11 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.
- Oregon’s 746th COVID-19 death is a 35-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Nov. 5 and died on Nov. 9 in his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
OHA's latest weekly report, released on Thursday, found that the sheer number of cases last week rose 46 percent over the week prior — marking the third consecutive week with a record high.
Though the number of newly tested Oregonians rose last week to more tham 34,000 last week, the test positivity rate rose sharply to 11.9 percent. The number of deaths and hospitalizations also rose.
Cases have continued to be most common among younger people, but deaths are overwhelmingly among seniors.
People between the ages of 20 and 49 made up 55 percent of infections, despite being 39 percent of the total population. People under 30 accounted for 37 percent of the cases.
Seniors over the age of 80 made up 51 percent of COVID-19 deaths, and people over 70 made up 74 percent of deaths.