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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: 348766

Reported Deaths: 4161
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah54797689
Washington37988313
Marion36055444
Clackamas29094304
Lane26966298
Jackson22632300
Deschutes19577123
Umatilla14241144
Linn12380120
Douglas11795240
Josephine9233195
Yamhill8517110
Klamath7709110
Polk715380
Malheur551574
Benton529130
Coos489691
Columbia371343
Jefferson361450
Union313146
Lincoln310638
Wasco281540
Crook274745
Clatsop239529
Baker198028
Tillamook193328
Hood River188337
Morrow181623
Curry178122
Harney108424
Grant97612
Lake89011
Wallowa67012
Gilliam1484
Sherman1463
Wheeler991
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4810222

Reported Deaths: 70598
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles147569426398
Riverside3693444990
San Diego3636444159
San Bernardino3563155566
Orange3227415518
Sacramento1576212279
Santa Clara1445181890
Kern1441461605
Fresno1441232051
Alameda1198871372
San Joaquin1018071708
Ventura1005241164
Contra Costa99234982
Stanislaus851571315
Tulare78945951
San Francisco54031645
San Mateo53828622
Monterey50696582
Solano45761334
Santa Barbara44836521
Merced41781577
Sonoma40711402
Placer38902415
Imperial35642764
Kings32369314
San Luis Obispo29653329
Madera23518281
Butte23364260
Shasta23360334
Santa Cruz20861218
Yolo20147247
Marin17581243
El Dorado16960149
Sutter13775169
Napa12808100
Yuba994282
Tehama9298104
Humboldt9102108
Nevada903990
Mendocino752786
Lassen746346
San Benito737372
Tuolumne673993
Lake6506104
Amador537264
Siskiyou442742
Glenn430330
Calaveras381780
Del Norte356141
Colusa301718
Inyo196739
Mono16445
Plumas15756
Mariposa127315
Trinity86011
Modoc6698
Unassigned1860
Sierra1760
Alpine1020
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