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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.

Cases: 206777

Reported Deaths: 2754
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah40354614
Washington26781248
Marion23425323
Clackamas18925235
Lane13896164
Jackson11535146
Deschutes1001582
Umatilla859387
Linn560380
Yamhill477879
Klamath477678
Polk399356
Douglas387982
Malheur361463
Josephine359872
Benton326422
Jefferson236839
Coos216637
Columbia191929
Union149824
Wasco144330
Lincoln143021
Crook129223
Hood River121933
Morrow115316
Clatsop10559
Baker101115
Curry70811
Tillamook6604
Grant5507
Lake4678
Harney4339
Wallowa1945
Gilliam801
Sherman671
Wheeler351
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3808258

Reported Deaths: 63335
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles124761824454
Riverside3016034627
San Bernardino2992894844
San Diego2817493771
Orange2729225112
Santa Clara1201102188
Kern1107821404
Sacramento1076381731
Fresno1029221724
Alameda895921273
Ventura816381031
San Joaquin746861438
Contra Costa70561813
Stanislaus633871069
Tulare49814849
Monterey43831427
San Mateo42646581
San Francisco37256556
Santa Barbara34596455
Solano33707266
Merced32291478
Sonoma30868317
Imperial28813741
Placer23537299
Kings23189247
San Luis Obispo21421261
Madera16632245
Santa Cruz16235208
Marin14200230
Yolo14156212
Butte12659194
Shasta12630233
El Dorado10371116
Napa1002580
Sutter9656113
Yuba648551
San Benito610963
Lassen578424
Tehama573163
Nevada491075
Humboldt446348
Mendocino432150
Tuolumne420771
Amador373947
Lake356345
Glenn243427
Siskiyou239437
Colusa228418
Calaveras220156
Del Norte14568
Inyo143438
Mono12954
Plumas7366
Modoc5585
Mariposa4657
Trinity4225
Sierra1150
Alpine890
Unassigned330
Medford
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