PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon saw a new single-day high for coronavirus cases on Thursday, with the Oregon Health Authority reporting 575 new confirmed and presumptive cases.
"Today’s daily case count is the highest since the beginning of the pandemic," OHA said in a statement. "Preliminary data show this increase reflects continued widespread community transmission resulting in small clusters and outbreaks statewide."
The new cases brought Oregon's total since the start of the pandemic to 43,793. The state also reported two new deaths attributed to COVID-19, bringing the state total to 673.
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 235 patients in the state with suspected or confirmed cases of the virus — 62 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.
The newly reported cases were in the following counties: Baker (7), Benton (15), Clackamas (62), Clatsop (2), Columbia (1), Coos (2), Crook (1), Deschutes (25), Douglas (4), Grant (1), Harney (1), Hood River (5), Jackson (54), Jefferson (2), Josephine (1), Klamath (1), Lake (2), Lane (17), Linn (18), Malheur (7), Marion (62), Morrow (5), Multnomah (102), Polk (7), Sherman (1), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (42), Union (7), Wallowa (3), Washington (107) and Yamhill (9).
"[This is] a reminder of the importance of staying vigilant in practicing the protective measures to slow the spread of the illness. OHA published face covering guidance last week that requires that people consistently wear face coverings while indoors at their workplace or all other places where they will be in contact with people from outside their household," the agency said. "OHA has also asked Oregonians to change their Halloween plans. This means avoid traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating and costume parties with people outside their own households."
OHA gave the following information about the latest fatalities:
- Oregon’s 672nd COVID-19 death is a 96-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 24 and died on Oct. 28 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.
- Oregon’s 673rd COVID-19 death is a 94-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Oct. 22 and died on Oct. 27 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.