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Oregon updates COVID-19 county 'watch list'; Lake County remains

Two counties graduated from Oregon's county watch list on Thursday, several more joined the list. Southern Oregon's Lake County is still on the list.

Posted: Jul 30, 2020 2:08 PM
Updated: Jul 30, 2020 2:18 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon issued an update to its county "watch list" for coronavirus on Thursday, removing two counties from the list while adding three more. Lake County, the only county in southern Oregon to make the list in its first iteration, remains there.

Governor Kate Brown first announced the watch list in early July, ahead of Independence Day celebrations that public health officials suspected would lead to increased spread of COVID-19. The original list consisted of eight counties including Lake.

Lake County was the last in southern Oregon to see an emergence of positive cases, and still has relatively few compared to neighboring counties. However, public health officials have indicated that the primary impetus for watch list status comes from the ratio of untraced COVID-19 cases as a result of community spread, referred to as "sporadic" cases.

"Specific markers of this rapid community spread include when there is a sporadic case rate of 50 or more per 100,000 people in the last two weeks and the county has had more than five sporadic cases in the last two weeks," Brown's office said.

When a county is placed on the watch list, Brown's office says, the Oregon Health Authority increases its monitoring and brings in additional resources for case investigations and contact tracing.

Brown announced Thursday that Lincoln and Union counties have now been removed from the watch list. Three counties — Hood River, Marion, and Multnomah — have been added, bringing the current list to 10.

“I want to applaud county officials and community members in Lincoln and Union Counties for their diligent work in bringing the spread of COVID-19 under control in these areas. Your leadership shows that we can reduce the spread of this disease if we work together,” said Brown.

Union County made the unprecedented step of voluntarily rolling back to Phase I reopening status following a major outbreak linked to a church in La Grande. Lincoln County opted to remain in Phase I instead of moving on to Phase II.

Brown's office said that those steps — in addition to increased contact tracing, case investigation, and outreach — resulted in a reduction of community spread, prompting graduation from the watch list.

“This is also a good reminder to all Oregonians — especially to those who live in Watch List counties — of the importance of remaining vigilant," the Governor said. "I urge all Oregonians to keep practicing physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and practicing good hygiene. Your choices matter, and we are truly all in this together.”

The watch list now includes the following counties: Baker, Hood River, Jefferson, Lake, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Umatilla, and Wasco.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 21488

Reported Deaths: 357
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah496096
Washington311925
Marion293870
Umatilla230228
Clackamas154940
Malheur80414
Deschutes61110
Lane5903
Jackson4732
Yamhill46713
Lincoln4189
Union3942
Morrow3723
Jefferson3714
Polk31912
Linn28410
Klamath2012
Hood River1930
Wasco1923
Benton1696
Douglas1511
Josephine1152
Columbia970
Coos910
Clatsop850
Crook491
Baker400
Tillamook340
Lake320
Wallowa191
Sherman160
Curry150
Harney100
Gilliam40
Grant40
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 574231

Reported Deaths: 10476
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2105434998
Riverside41983820
Orange40527726
San Bernardino36072546
San Diego32975594
Kern24440171
Fresno17846171
Alameda13631209
San Joaquin12864223
Santa Clara12694205
Sacramento12040177
Tulare10862196
Stanislaus10264169
Imperial9693244
Contra Costa9404139
Ventura863492
San Francisco762367
Santa Barbara670469
San Mateo6318120
Merced573670
Monterey544635
Marin540481
Kings445356
Solano427441
Sonoma367047
Madera246339
Placer231922
San Luis Obispo225416
Yolo183444
Santa Cruz12436
Butte12388
Napa107411
Sutter9527
San Benito7654
El Dorado7552
Lassen6830
Yuba6464
Mendocino47210
Shasta45910
Colusa3914
Glenn3603
Nevada3571
Humboldt2864
Tehama2761
Lake2402
Amador1822
Mono1581
Tuolumne1553
Calaveras1471
Inyo1063
Siskiyou1020
Del Norte1000
Mariposa622
Plumas360
Modoc50
Trinity50
Sierra40
Alpine20
Unassigned00
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