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Oregon COVID-19 updates, Nov. 19: Record-high 1,225 new cases, 20 more deaths

As COVID-19 continues to rise dramatically in Oregon, Southwest Washington and beyond, get the latest updates here.

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


As of Thursday evening:

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus map


8:20 p.m.

  • About a dozen state and local leaders signed an open letter to Gov. Kate Brown decrying the new restrictions. One COVID-19 survivor is outraged with their stance. Learn more

3:45 p.m.

  • Oregon health officials on Thursday reported 1,225 new COVID-19 cases and 20 more deaths connected to the virus. Both are single-day highs in Oregon so far during the pandemic. Learn more
  • The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released its weekly report detailing COVID-19 numbers across the state on Wednesday. In its latest report, it showed that 114 cases of COVID-19 have been reported at 67 schools across the state over the past 28 days. Learn more
  • As the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, a researcher in Oregon is lending perspective into how new vaccine technology could be approved for the first time. Dr. Gaurav Sahay is an associate professor at Oregon State University's School of Pharmacy. He's optimistic about a coronavirus vaccine. Learn more
  • At least 22 cases of coronavirus have been linked to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, including eight new cases in just the past week, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Learn more
  • Distribution centers have become COVID-19 hot spots in Oregon, according to data released by state health officials Wednesday. Three of the 10 largest workplace outbreaks are at distribution centers. Learn more
  • The CDC recommended people don't travel for Thanksgiving to limit the spread of COVID-19. Learn more

8:45 a.m.

  • Dr. David Hotchkin, of The Oregon Clinic, has been practicing medicine for more than a decade. He has seen a lot, but nothing like COVID-19. "We see individuals come in incredibly sick," he said. "We see individuals who are otherwise healthy, literally dying and then requiring every bit of effort we can provide. We see individuals staying sicker in the hospital longer than we've ever seen before." Learn more

8 a.m.

  • The Oregon Health Authority said it's not sure how many COVID-19 tests are available or how many were used. Learn more
  • What are the consequences of not following Governor Brown’s 6-person personal gathering rule? Answering your questions about the two-week freeze. Learn more
  • The Oregon Employment Department plans to begin paying waiting week money by Thanksgiving. Learn more

INTERACTIVE: COVID-19 Cases in Oregon

INTERACTIVE: Hospitalization by severity

INTERACTIVE: Oregon Hospital Capacity and Usage

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