Oregon reports highest ever number of new daily coronavirus cases

Oct 23 2020, 2:04 pm

On Friday, the Oregon Health Authority confirmed 550 new known cases of COVID-19, along with three additional virus-related deaths. Today’s report is the highest number of new cases in a single day since the start of the pandemic

At the time of writing, the total number of known cases in Oregon sits at 41,348 with 649 deaths.

According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (one), Benton (nine), Clackamas (48), Columbia (three), Coos (five), Crook (seven), Curry (one), Deschutes (11), Douglas (three), Grant (one), Harney (one), Hood River (four), Jackson (33), Jefferson (one), Josephine (one), Klamath (one), Lane (52), Lincoln (two), Linn (19), Malheur (13), Marion (57), Morrow (one), Multnomah (135), Polk (three), Umatilla (21), Union (one), Wasco (two), Washington (91), and Yamhill (23).

“Today OHA reported the highest daily case count since the beginning of the pandemic. Preliminary data show this increase is due to continued widespread community transmission resulting in small clusters and outbreaks across the state,” reads the OHA update.

“Today’s case count is again a reminder that Oregonians cannot let their guards down,”
continues the report. “OHA published new face-covering guidance this week, which requires people to consistently wear face coverings while indoors, at their workplace, and in places where they will be in contact with people from outside their household.

“OHA has also asked Oregonians to rethink Halloween – avoid traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, avoid costume parties with people outside their own households and wear a face-covering because a Halloween mask won’t protect against COVID-19.”