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Oregon's COVID-19 test positivity rate holds steady, weekly report shows

The ratio of positive tests continues to hover just above a crucial benchmark required for schools to allow full in-person learning.

Posted: Aug 24, 2020 5:13 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The ratio of positive coronavirus tests to negative results remains almost level for the third week in a row, dropping slightly, based on the latest weekly testing report from the Oregon Health Authority.

Oregon's statewide test positivity rate is one of the metrics established by Governor Kate Brown, OHA, and education officials for schools in the state to fully reopen with in-person classes. In order for any school to bring grade 4-12 students back into classrooms, the state's positivity rate must fall below 5 percent and stay there for three weeks.

At the beginning of August, test positivity peaked at 6.2 percent. It fell to 5.2 percent the following week, and stayed steady at 5.2 rate for the week after that. Last week, it dropped slightly to 5.1 — a positive sign, but not yet below the vital benchmark for schools.

"It is reassuring that test positivity is relatively stable, which suggests that the number of people newly infected with COVID-19 each week is no longer increasing rapidly," OHA said in a statement.

Governor Brown indicated last week that she is considering heightened coronavirus restrictions if the rate of COVID-19 spread in Oregon does not fall dramatically under existing conditions, enough to secure the benchmark needed for schools to return with in-person learning.

OHA also reported that the supply chain for coronavirus testing continues to pose a problem, with testing manufacturers taxed by increased demand across the country.

"Laboratories are reporting that allocations for most COVID-19 test manufacturers cannot keep up with the demand and are consequently sending specimens to outside labs for testing," the agency said.

Roughly 20 percent of test specimens in Oregon were sent to out-of-state labs for testing last week due to these supply chain issues.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 224547

Reported Deaths: 2877
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah42425618
Washington28176259
Marion24842333
Clackamas20349243
Lane15401176
Jackson13240160
Deschutes1074187
Umatilla988394
Linn644882
Yamhill515882
Klamath498279
Douglas479594
Polk440457
Josephine438076
Malheur370967
Benton354822
Jefferson252842
Coos241040
Columbia213732
Union175924
Wasco160631
Lincoln159122
Crook144724
Hood River128934
Morrow125017
Clatsop123711
Baker116018
Curry86512
Tillamook7985
Grant5657
Lake4868
Harney46611
Wallowa2486
Gilliam881
Sherman872
Wheeler491
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Cases: 4003787

Reported Deaths: 64620
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Los Angeles131165624721
Riverside3112424667
San Bernardino3095025265
San Diego3011003805
Orange2856205146
Santa Clara1245862183
Sacramento1178311790
Kern1143421428
Fresno1057321746
Alameda980131290
Ventura845891046
Contra Costa78084836
San Joaquin776151461
Stanislaus666191097
Tulare50731854
San Mateo45255588
Monterey44651528
San Francisco41758565
Solano36525261
Santa Barbara36106469
Sonoma33414331
Merced33321485
Imperial29333746
Placer25624307
Kings23790251
San Luis Obispo22356267
Madera17220249
Santa Cruz16779207
Yolo15149215
Marin15039243
Butte13523205
Shasta13179242
El Dorado11312121
Napa1055282
Sutter10343127
Yuba712950
San Benito632664
Tehama592766
Lassen590526
Nevada568575
Humboldt535154
Mendocino485652
Tuolumne469173
Lake440866
Amador395348
Siskiyou259640
Glenn248127
Colusa238118
Calaveras235658
Del Norte174710
Inyo148238
Mono13395
Plumas7926
Modoc5767
Mariposa5377
Trinity4696
Sierra1370
Alpine910
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