PORTLAND, Ore. — The latest update from officials at the Oregon Health Authority reports two new deaths in the state from COVID-19, in addition to new cases throughout the state. One of those new cases is in Josephine County.
There have now been 10 deaths in Oregon attributed to the new coronavirus.
Officials said that there are 57 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, bringing the state total up to 266 as of 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Among those cases is a newly reported one in Josephine County, as well as a case in Jackson County that local officials had already identified.
The COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday are in the following counties:
- Benton - 2 cases
- Clackamas - 4 cases
- Douglas - 2 cases
- Jackson - 1 case
- Josephine - 1 case
- Lane - 1 case
- Lincoln - 1 case
- Linn - 5 cases
- Marion - 11 cases
- Multnomah - 8 cases
- Washington - 20 cases
- Yamhill - 1 case
Josephine County reported its first case on March 20. Asante later confirmed that this person was their employee. The county's public health division has since been investigating potential close contacts of that person.
"Josephine County Public Health is investigating this second case to identify contacts and exposures and to isolate and monitor all individuals relevant to this case," the agency said in a statement.
Local officials were notified of the new case on Wednesday by the OHA's official medical record system. As of noon the same day, the County said that it had received results from 82 COVID-19 tests, with two of them returning positive. More samples have been sent to private labs, and they are still awaiting results.
“As expected, we will continue to see an increase in confirmed cases,” said Mike Weber, Josephine County Public Health director. “Social distancing and self-isolation when ill are the most important tools in slowing the spread of COVID-19. By practicing social distancing and staying home, we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect those who are more likely to suffer severe complications. Remember — Stay Home, Save Lives.”
According to OHA, Oregon’s ninth COVID-19 death was an 80-year-old woman in Clackamas County, who tested positive on March 23 and died the next day at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.
The state's tenth COVID-19 death was a 73-year-old woman in Marion County, who tested positive on March 22,and also died the next day at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions as well, health officials said.