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Another death from COVID-19 in Oregon, positive cases rise to 316

The Oregon Health Authority reported 50 new confirmed cases in an update on Thursday.

Posted: Mar 16, 2020 5:43 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2020 2:03 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon public health officials have identified 50 new cases of the new coronavirus in the state as of 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 26 as well as another fatality. The announcement did not include a case identified in Klamath County by local public health officials.

The Oregon Health Authority said that there are now a total of 316 people in the state who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through a positive test.

OHA is reporting 50 total new cases in the following counties: one case in Clatsop, five in Deschutes, two in Josephine, two in Lane, one in Linn, 14 in Marion, 12 in Multnomah, three in Polk, one in Tillamook, one in Wasco, and eight in Washington.

Samples for 6,953 have tested negative for COVID-19 in the state so far.

The case announced Friday in Klamath County will not be included in OHA's daily report of new statewide cases until tomorrow, County officials said.


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Oregon’s eleventh COVID-19 death is a 69-year-old woman in Washington County, who tested positive oMarch 15, and died March 25 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions, OHA said.

Ongoing recommendations for COVID-19

People vulnerable to complications should follow federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to stay home as much as possible and avoid gatherings. Every resident should take these basic steps to protect themselves and those most at risk:

  • Never visit a hospital or long-term-care facility if you have a fever or cough.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like bathrooms, desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, faucet handles, toys and cell phones.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home and away from others if you are ill.

After someone contracts COVID-19, illness usually develops within 14 days, OHA said. Symptoms mirror those of the flu, including fever, cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat and general feelings of illness.

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