OHA reports slight drop in weekly coronavirus cases in Oregon

Oct 22 2020, 9:49 am

The Oregon Health Authority has released their weekly COVID-19 report — comparing this past week to the numbers of the week before — and the state has seen a small drop in new cases.

In the week of Monday, October 12, through to Sunday, October 18, Oregon recorded 2,327 new cases of coronavirus. This is a 4% drop from the records of the previous week, according to OHA’s weekly update.

The previous week saw a pandemic-high of 2,418 new cases.

Of the 28,960 Oregonians tested for coronavirus, 6.5% of them tested positive, both numbers a rise from the previous week.

Coronavirus-related deaths this week was up from 25 the week before. “The age group with the highest incidence of reported infection has been in people ages 20 to 49. They represent 39% of Oregon’s population, and they account for 56% of COVID-19 cases,” reads the OHA report.

As announced in their Wednesday daily coronavirus update, the Oregon Health Authority has partnered with two pharmaceutical companies to provide long-term care facilities coronavirus vaccines free of charge upon availability.

“Oregon Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority are notifying long-term care facilities and small congregate settings that their residents and employees can get no-cost COVID-19 vaccinations when a vaccine becomes available, as part of a partnership between the federal government and two large, commercial pharmacies.”

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