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Oregon nears 20,000 COVID-19 cases; 5 more deaths reported

There was an increase in cases, deaths and hospitalizations in Oregon last week, as well as a higher positive test rate.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon health officials on Wednesday reported 299 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths. The state’s coronavirus death toll is now at 338 people.

There has been a total of 19,979 COVID-19 cases in Oregon during the pandemic. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported 2,278 new cases last week, up slightly from the previous week’s total of 2,241. The OHA also said 39 people died from COVID-19 last week, up from 27 the previous week. The positive test rate also went up last week, from 5.1% to 6.4%, and hospitalizations increased from 127 two weeks ago to 141 last week.

Health officials said the age group with the most reported cases continues to be 20-29-year-olds. Most newly identified cases are sporadic, meaning the infection can’t be traced to a source.

Multnomah, Washington and Marion counties, the three counties with the highest COVID-19 case counts during the pandemic, reported the most new cases on Wednesday. Here’s county-by-county breakdown of Wednesday’s newly reported cases.

  • Baker: 1
  • Benton: 2
  • Clackamas: 20
  • Clatsop: 1
  • Columbia: 2
  • Coos: 1
  • Deschutes: 8
  • Douglas: 1
  • Hood River: 4
  • Jackson: 12
  • Jefferson: 9
  • Josephine: 1
  • Klamath: 2
  • Lane: 5
  • Lincoln: 19
  • Linn: 8
  • Malheur: 7
  • Marion: 42
  • Morrow: 10
  • Multnomah: 59
  • Polk: 2
  • Tillamook: 2
  • Umatilla: 26
  • Wasco: 1
  • Washington: 48
  • Yamhill: 6

The OHA released the following information about the five deaths reported on Wednesday:

  • An 87-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on July 8 and died in her residence. Date of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions.
  • A 74-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 17 and died on July 28 at Trios Health Southridge Hospital in Kennewick, Wash. He had underlying conditions.
  • A 74-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 12 and died on August 1 at Saint Anthony Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
  • A 67-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on July 20 and died on August 3 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
  • An 83-year-old man in Josephine County who tested positive on July 19 and died on August 3 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.