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.
Our modeling continues to show that our collective efforts are working 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 #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/ZoeNcYdZ14— OR Health Authority (@OHAOregon) April 24, 2020
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.
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.
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.”