Oregon continues to set weekly records for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths

Last week again set multiple coronavirus-related records in Oregon, based on the Oregon Health Authority's weekly report — with new highs for cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 4:13 PM
Updated: Nov 25, 2020 4:32 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon again set records for new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths last week, according to the latest weekly report from the Oregon Health Authority.

OHA reported more than 8,600 new cases between Monday, November 16 and Sunday, November 22 — a 34 percent increase over the last record-high week.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 during the week rose to 366, a 26 percent increase over the previous week and another weekly high.

The agency noted 61 deaths attributed to COVID-19 over the week, almost double the 31 deaths a week prior.

Though people between the ages of 20 and 59 account for more than half of total cases, people age 70 ad older account for 74 percent of deaths. This trend, which has remained relatively constant, underlines the risk that seniors face from uncontrolled spread in communities.

The one metric to fall last week was Oregon's test positivity rate, though not because the number of positive cases truly declined. Instead, the drop can be attributed to OHA changing its method for reporting total tests to one that is arguably more accurate.

"Previously, OHA used a 'person-based' method," the agency said. "OHA is now using a 'test-based' method, whereby all electronic lab reports received by OHA will be used to calculate percent positivity. This change was prompted by changes in testing patterns."

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported last Friday that the change came amid increased press and scrutiny over OHA's testing methodology.

Previously, Oregon health officials only reported tests for new individuals, whether positive or negative. This method essentially discounted individuals who have been tested repeatedly, such as staff or residents of long-term care facilities, which became more common as testing capacity gradually expanded over the course of the pandemic. As a result, the true number of total tests performed was obscured in the Oregon Health Authority's prior reporting.

Under the new model, Oregon's test positivity rate last week dropped to 7.2 percent from a rate (under the old method) of more than 13 percent the week prior. However, it's difficult to put that rate in context now that test methodology has changed. Based on CDC data, this does place Oregon in the bottom third of the U.S. for test positivity over the past week.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 155597

Reported Deaths: 2208
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Multnomah31877528
Washington21211212
Marion18468285
Clackamas13380175
Lane10258126
Jackson8395112
Umatilla765982
Deschutes595259
Yamhill378364
Linn359056
Malheur335158
Polk306442
Klamath279155
Douglas247454
Benton234416
Josephine234050
Jefferson195828
Coos149119
Union128419
Columbia126521
Wasco122126
Lincoln113220
Hood River106929
Morrow104914
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6567
Curry4296
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Lake3766
Harney2736
Grant2231
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
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Cases: 3566914

Reported Deaths: 52158
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Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2866072874
Orange2612203917
San Diego2600913284
Santa Clara1106211777
Kern102627827
Fresno953931443
Sacramento932811472
Alameda806681242
Ventura77623844
San Joaquin665691101
Contra Costa62248681
Stanislaus56132946
Tulare47784758
Monterey42138328
San Mateo38998515
San Francisco34260412
Santa Barbara31805411
Solano30024164
Merced28915397
Sonoma28141298
Imperial26903591
Kings21955218
Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15467209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12834185
Shasta10985174
Butte10962160
El Dorado9095100
Napa903869
Sutter884597
San Benito576759
Yuba573337
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Nevada396074
Tuolumne394659
Mendocino379643
Amador346341
Humboldt318033
Lake315641
Glenn222523
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128737
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
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Alpine810
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