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Oregon COVID-19 updates, Nov. 16: 781 new cases and 4 more deaths

As COVID-19 continues to rise dramatically in Oregon, Southwest Washington and beyond, get the latest updates here.
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PORTLAND, Ore. — Cases of COVID-19 began showing up in the United States in January of this year. The first case in Oregon was reported on Feb. 28.

We've been posting a daily blog to track the changes in Oregon and Southwest Washington as we get them. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LATEST UPDATES

BY THE NUMBERS

As of Monday afternoon:

Note: Washington's numbers are as of Saturday. The numbers will be updated once the state updates its website.

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus map

REAL-TIME UPDATES

12:30 p.m.

  • Health officials from Clark County Public Health, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Vancouver Clinic held a joint media briefing to discuss COVID-19. Watch it here

12:25 p.m.

  • The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported 781 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Monday. There have now been 57,646 reported cases in Oregon since the pandemic began. OHA also reported that four more Oregonians have died from the novel coronavirus, including a 41-year-old man from Washington County who had no underlying health conditions. Learn more

8:50 a.m.

  • The United States' top infectious disease expert says news from Moderna that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate is 94.5% effective "is really quite impressive." Asked about the timeline for vaccinating people, Dr. Anthony Fauci projected that by the end of December, there will be doses available for people at high risk from the coronavirus. Learn more
  • New social restrictions go into effect today as Washington tries to curb COVID-19. The new restrictions in Washington state include closing indoor service for restaurants and bars and prohibiting indoor social gatherings. The rules will mostly go into effect tonight at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect until Dec. 14. Gov. Jay Inslee also announced $50 million in aid to businesses who have been impacted. KGW spoke to several Washingtonians in Clark County, who reacted in varying ways to the new restrictions. Most expressed concern about how the new rules would impact businesses, but were supportive of the governor's decision. Learn more
  • Dr. Matt Hansen, an emergency room physician at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) said his hospital is "running at very high capacity, close to 100%." There's also a shortage of nurses in the region. That paired with rising case numbers is concerning for Hansen. Learn more

INTERACTIVE: COVID-19 Cases in Oregon

INTERACTIVE: Oregon Hospital Capacity and Usage

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