Oregon Health Authority reports decrease in coronavirus cases

Jul 31 2020, 2:26 pm

On Friday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 373 new known cases of COVID-19 with six additional fatalities.

At the time of writing, the number of known cases in Oregon sits at 18,492, with 322 deaths.

According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (three), Benton (three), Clackamas (22), Crook (two), Deschutes (nine), Douglas (three), Gilliam (one), Hood River (three), Jackson (17), Jefferson (six), Josephine (one), Klamath (eight), Lane (17), Lincoln (six), Linn (five), Malheur (12), Marion (44), Morrow (20), Multnomah (77), Polk (six), Sherman (one), Umatilla (40), Union (two), Wasco (two), Washington (45), and Yamhill (18).

“Today, OHA issued a special report analyzing pediatric COVID-19 cases in Oregon since the beginning of the pandemic,” writes the OHA.

“Of confirmed and presumptive cases in Oregon, 1,755 – 10.3 percent – have been pediatric patients, defined as people under age 18. The report noted that while pediatric case counts have increased sharply, these patients are still far less likely than adults to develop severe COVID-19.”

“Only 1.5 percent of pediatric patients have been hospitalized at some point during their COVID-19 illness. That is compared to 9.7 percent of adult COVID-19 patients.”

Oregon’s face covering ordinance is now in effect, which mandates that all Oregonians wear masks when in public if a distance of six feet cannot be maintained. This includes indoor and outdoor spaces. The mandate has now been extended to children over the age of five.

The restrictions in an executive order passed down by Governor Kate Brown have recently seen loosening. Instituting a new phased reopening plan, the state will reevaluate how to approach the coronavirus on a county-by-county basis as businesses look to reopen.

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