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Oregon reports 600 new COVID-19 cases, again breaking single-day record

The Oregon Health Authority reported 600 new coronavirus cases on Friday, after a record high the day prior.

Posted: Oct 30, 2020 12:51 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2020 12:57 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon saw a new single-day high for coronavirus cases on Friday, with the Oregon Health Authority reporting 600 new confirmed and presumptive cases.

Oregon's latest record, set Thursday, was for 575 cases.

The new cases brought Oregon's total since the start of the pandemic to 44,389. The state also reported two new deaths attributed to COVID-19, bringing the state total to 675.

Governor Kate Brown and officials from Oregon's health and education agencies anounced on Friday morning that COVID-19 metrics for schools around the state will be loosened, allowing roughly 130,000 students to resume in-person learning.

OHA officials warned two weeks ago that the coronavirus was "again on the march in Oregon" — saying that, at current rates of transmission, infections would rise to roughly 570 new cases per day, along with 40 hospitalizations daily.

The state's daily reports do not generally include regular data on hospitalizations. The latest data on OHA's website lists 211 patients hospitalized in the state with suspected or confirmed cases of the virus — 61 in intensive care, and 23 on ventilators.

Test positivity rates — the ratio of positive tests out of total tests performed — have continued to climb over the past few weeks, reaching a preliminary rate of 7.4 percent this week after hitting 6.6 percent the week prior. There has not been a substantive change in the number of tests performed.


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The newly reported cases were in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (1), Clackamas (45), Clatsop (3), Columbia (4), Coos (2), Crook (3), Deschutes (24), Douglas (4), Gilliam (1), Harney (2). Hood River (3), Jackson (69), Jefferson (2), Josephine (3), Klamath (9), Lake (4), Lane (34), Lincoln (1), Linn (18), Malheur (18), Marion (44), Morrow (3), Multnomah (152), Polk (7), Sherman (2), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (26), Union (3), Wallowa (2), Wasco (3), Washington (91), Yamhill (13).

OHA gave the following information about the latest fatalities:

  • Oregon’s 674th COVID-19 death is a 95-year-old woman in Linn County who tested positive on Oct. 26 and died on Oct. 29 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
  • Oregon’s 675th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Oct. 12 and died on Oct. 25 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

State health officials also released new infection modeling data on Friday, admitting that the models were based on case rates through October 22, which do not include the recent spikes.

"[The models show] that COVID-19 is continuing to spread but if transmission continues at its current rate, daily cases would increase only slightly," OHA said on the data.

OHA's models generally examine three scenarios — one optimistic, one more pragmatic, and a pessimistic scenario.

The most optimistic model assumes a drop in transmission to mid-August levels. That would result in 230 reported cases and a steep drop in daily hospitalizations due to COVID, signaling "considerably slower" community spread.

The more pragmatic, middle-of-the-road scenario assumes that if transmission continues at its current level into late November, new daily cases would increase from around 340 to 380 and new daily hospitalizations would number about 22.

The pessimistic scenario assumes a 5 percentage point increase in transmission — which would drive daily cases upward to about 520, with a steep increase in people who are hospitalized daily due to the virus, indicating "vastly accelerated spread."

Based on the case rates seen since October 22, it's probable that the "pessimistic" scenario may already be a reality.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 74119

Reported Deaths: 905
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah17242236
Washington10347101
Marion9207140
Clackamas616077
Umatilla434349
Lane430942
Jackson382531
Malheur240644
Deschutes236815
Yamhill172916
Linn142423
Polk125016
Douglas93018
Klamath8724
Jefferson83411
Benton7917
Union7826
Morrow6587
Lincoln62215
Josephine5374
Wasco53019
Columbia5063
Coos4253
Hood River4011
Clatsop3600
Baker2813
Crook2296
Curry1352
Grant1341
Lake1321
Tillamook1310
Harney991
Wallowa713
Gilliam230
Sherman230
Wheeler30
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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1215455

Reported Deaths: 19151
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3958437639
San Bernardino930191129
Riverside868541437
San Diego81084997
Orange778191577
Kern41328448
Fresno38288481
Sacramento36905576
Santa Clara34292476
Alameda29476512
San Joaquin25742502
Contra Costa23895261
Stanislaus21714424
Tulare20701308
Ventura19510175
Imperial16019356
San Francisco15450160
Monterey15328121
San Mateo14148170
Sonoma12198157
Merced11688179
Santa Barbara11481135
Kings1109387
Solano1025281
Marin7755129
Placer649768
San Luis Obispo612936
Madera611985
Shasta488247
Yolo482776
Santa Cruz442628
Butte389459
Sutter333216
Napa303317
El Dorado24154
Yuba203610
San Benito188016
Lassen17733
Tehama167825
Mendocino145823
Nevada12729
Tuolumne9818
Glenn9258
Lake92019
Humboldt8509
Colusa7116
Siskiyou6242
Amador56316
Mono5483
Calaveras47822
Del Norte3281
Inyo29016
Plumas2150
Trinity1580
Mariposa1312
Modoc1310
Alpine500
Sierra190
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