Oregon reports less than 200 new confirmed cases of coronavirus

Sep 23 2020, 1:51 pm

The Oregon Health Authority confirmed 193 new known cases of COVID-19, with six additional deaths, on Wednesday.

At the time of writing, the total number of known cases in Oregon sits at 31,503, with 532 deaths.

According to Oregon Health Authority, the new cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (one), Benton (two), Clackamas (nine), Clatsop (two), Columbia (two), Coos (two), Deschutes (two), Douglas (one), Hood River (two), Jackson (22), Jefferson (three), Josephine (four), Klamath (one), Lane (36), Lincoln (one), Linn (two), Malheur (22), Marion (17), Multnomah (29), Polk (two), Umatilla (12), Wasco (four), Washington (14), and Yamhill (one).

“Oregon’s 537th COVID-19 death is a 95-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 17 and died on August 31 in her residence. She had underlying conditions,” writes the OHA.

“In today’s Weekly Report, OHA notes that the week of Sept. 14 through Sept. 20 reported new COVID-19 infections rose 17% from the week prior, to 1,511. The number of Oregonians newly tested rose 8%, to 18,840, and the percentage of tests that were positive rose from 5.6% to 6.2%. Eighteen Oregonians were reported to have died in association with COVID-19, compared to 29 the prior week.”

As schools set to reopen and this Fall’s school semester begins with hybrid plans for students, the OHA is now requiring child care providers to report coronavirus cases, and will subsequently report to the public any outbreak larger than two children.

The Oregon Health Authority also revealed a new dashboard for coronavirus information, that breaks down demographics and disease severity across the state.

“The new dashboard will present case rates per 100,000 people, which more clearly shows disparities in the burden of COVID-19 between demographic groups. In addition to case counts and rates, users will be able to view the percent of cases in each age group, sex, race, and ethnicity that have ever been hospitalized for their illness or have died with COVID-19.”

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