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Oregon's COVID-19 measures prevent more than 70,000 cases, modeling finds

The Oregon Health Authority reported 51 new confirmed cases in an update on Friday, bringing the state total to 2,177.

Posted: Apr 24, 2020 12:12 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon public health officials have identified 51 new cases of the new coronavirus in the state as of 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24. Earlier this week, the state also released its first estimate for the number of recovered cases.

The state also reported that three more deaths have occurred due to COVID-19. At present, 86 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

The Oregon Health Authority said that there are now a total of 2,177 people in the state who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through a positive test. 41,849 have tested negative for the virus.


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OHA reported new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (5), Lane (2), Marion (20), Multnomah (14), Umatilla (2), Washington (8).

In a weekly report released on Tuesday, the Oregon Health Authority said that at least 595 of state's surviving cases were considered recovered from the virus. At the time the report was compiled, there were 1,853 total surviving cases. 682 were considered not yet recovered, while 576 were still pending.

"Recovery Oregon is assessing recovery of COVID-19 cases by calling each case to determine if they have recovered and the date of recovery," OHA said. "A person is considered recovered once they are free of fever (without the use of fever-reducing medication), cough, and shortness of breath for 72 hours. If they are not yet recovered, public health staff will call back weekly until the person is recovered. COVID-19 cases without symptoms are considered recovered 7 days after the last positive test."

The median recovery time for all cases with symptoms was 14 days, while the median recovery time for hospitalized cases was 16 days.

OHA has a partial, but incomplete count of how many people in the state have been hospitalized from the virus. According to that data, at least 512 Oregonians have been hospitalized since the outbreak began, about 24 percent of the total cases.

State numbers still vary widely. While the state lists only 131 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized, that number rises to 304 when suspected COVID-19 patients are included — indicating that many still have not received results from a completed test. Of the confirmed patients, 23 are on ventilators.


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Public health officials gave the following information about the latest reported fatalities:

  • Oregon’s 84th COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 14 and died April 20 at his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.
  • Oregon’s 85th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 12 and died April 19 at his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.
  • Oregon’s 86th COVID-19 death is an 89-year-old man in Linn County, who tested positive on March 15 and died April 22 at his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.

OHA: Modeling report shows 'flattened curve'

OHA released an update to its epidemic modeling report that found the state's stay-at-home and social distancing measures may have helped to prevent as many as 70,000 COVID-19 cases in Oregon.

“The epidemic would have continued to grow exponentially, doubling every week,” the report states. “By April 16th, the number of cumulative infections would have been about 80,000, including 2,000 hospitalizations. Hence, the interventions are estimated to have averted over 70,000 infections, including over 1,500 hospitalizations (450 instead of 2,000), by April 16th.”

“Our modeling continues to show that our collective efforts are working,” said Dean Sidelinger, MD, state epidemiologist. “And despite the very real hardships these sacrifices have cost Oregonians, we have to keep it up even as we move toward easing restrictions. We need to build on our success in limiting the spread of COVID-19.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 217690

Reported Deaths: 2849
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah41633618
Washington27703258
Marion24391330
Clackamas19818241
Lane14732174
Jackson12414153
Deschutes1049387
Umatilla939694
Linn620281
Yamhill504281
Klamath492479
Douglas440787
Polk426957
Josephine410075
Malheur365967
Benton343622
Jefferson248942
Coos228439
Columbia207632
Union164924
Lincoln153122
Wasco151931
Crook138524
Hood River125534
Morrow121717
Clatsop114510
Baker108217
Curry76812
Tillamook7415
Grant5597
Lake4878
Harney45511
Wallowa2256
Gilliam851
Sherman812
Wheeler381
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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3935590

Reported Deaths: 64341
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles129039524658
Riverside3068364659
San Bernardino3058275236
San Diego2941763798
Orange2812285143
Santa Clara1228212099
Sacramento1146521775
Kern1129331420
Fresno1042881746
Alameda955391280
Ventura835231043
San Joaquin769151460
Contra Costa75842830
Stanislaus655371088
Tulare50324854
Monterey44438526
San Mateo44378588
San Francisco39939563
Solano35703261
Santa Barbara35546467
Merced32961484
Sonoma32526329
Imperial29048745
Placer24955307
Kings23566250
San Luis Obispo21970265
Madera16998249
Santa Cruz16532207
Marin14791239
Yolo14759215
Butte13176205
Shasta12925242
El Dorado11010120
Napa1040084
Sutter10126115
Yuba694951
San Benito626363
Lassen587626
Tehama583666
Nevada532475
Humboldt501053
Mendocino465851
Tuolumne446173
Lake415765
Amador386148
Siskiyou255440
Glenn246027
Colusa235718
Calaveras229558
Del Norte16128
Inyo145338
Mono13195
Plumas7656
Modoc5737
Mariposa4977
Trinity4596
Sierra1260
Alpine890
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