The Oregon Health Authority reported 342 new coronavirus cases and 14 deaths Tuesday, setting a record for deaths reported since the pandemic struck Oregon five months ago.
Among the deaths revealed Tuesday was a 26-year-old man from Yamhill County, the youngest Oregonian whose death has been reported by state officials as at least partially related to COVID-19.
The record number of deaths reported came a day after state officials revealed zero deaths. The recently reported deaths occurred between July 10 and July 27, bringing Oregon’s total fatality count to 303.
“As we exceed 300 COVID-19 related deaths, including the 14 deaths reported today, I wish to express my sincere condolences on behalf of everyone at OHA to families who have lost a loved one to this disease,” Patrick Allen, the Department of Health director of the authority, said in a statement. “It is a clear reminder of the work that all Oregonians must do to control this pandemic. Together we can stop this disease and prevent this terrible loss of life. “
Oregonian / OregonLive tracks coronavirus deaths by week, using the date of death rather than the date the health authority reported the death. More people died July 12-25 than in any two-week period since the pandemic hit, and those numbers could continue to grow as state disclosure is often delayed.
Meanwhile, the state’s daily count of confirmed or suspected infections has averaged around 325 over the past week, just below the record of 344 on July 20.
The grim death toll was released the same day that Governor Kate Brown announced new benchmarks for the reopening of school classrooms this fall.
Where new cases are by county: Benton (3), Clackamas (15), Clatsop (3), Coos (3), Crook (2), Curry (1), Deschutes (7), Douglas (2), Harney (1), Jackson (10), Jefferson (9), Josephine (9), Klamath (2), Lane (6), Linn (5), Malheur (15), Marion (40), Morrow (7), Multnomah (74), Polk (13), Umatilla (75), Washington (31) and Yamhill (9).
New fatalities: Oregon’s 290th death from coronavirus is a 77-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive on June 19 and died on July 22 at the Portland Adventist Medical Center.
The 291 fatality is a 79-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive on July 3 and died on July 20 at the Portland Adventist Medical Center.
Oregon’s 292nd death is a 77-year-old Jefferson County woman who tested positive on June 30 and died on July 23 at St. Charles Medical Center. Authorities have not confirmed whether he had underlying medical conditions.
Victim number 293 is a 94-year-old woman from Clackamas County with underlying health conditions. She tested positive on July 19 and died on July 26 at her home.
The 294th death in Oregon is a 54-year-old Malheur County man with underlying health problems. He tested positive on June 24 and died on July 15 at St. Luke’s Nampa Medical Center in Idaho.
The 295th fatality is a 26-year-old Yamhill County man who died on July 10. The Oregon Health Authority declined to say whether it tested positive for coronavirus or had underlying health conditions. The agency said the man’s death certificate mentioned COVID-19 “as a cause of death or as an important condition that contributed to his death.”
Oregon’s 296th death is a 91-year-old Clackamas County woman. She had close contact with someone with a confirmed infection and developed symptoms on July 22 before dying on July 26. State officials are confirming the location of the death and whether he had underlying medical conditions.
The 297th fatality is an 88-year-old Deschutes County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive on July 23 and died on July 25 at St. Charles Medical Center.
Oregon’s 298th death is a 78-year-old Deschutes County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive on July 12 and died on July 23. Authorities are confirming where he died.
The 299th fatality is a 64-year-old Jefferson County woman who tested positive on July 14 and died on July 27. Authorities are confirming where he died and whether he had underlying health conditions.
Oregon’s 300th death is an 82-year-old Jefferson County woman with underlying health problems. She tested positive on July 20 and died on July 26. Authorities are confirming her location of death.
The 301 fatality is an 87-year-old Marion County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive on July 14 and died on July 26 at Salem Hospital.
Oregon’s 302th death is a 66-year-old Marion County woman with underlying health problems. She tested positive on July 14 and died on July 24. Authorities are confirming her location of death.
Death 303 is an 84-year-old Umatilla County woman who had underlying health problems. She tested positive on July 22 and died on July 25. Authorities are confirming her location of death.
The prevalence of infections.: State officials reported 306 confirmed infections since Monday of 5,068 people screened, equivalent to a 6% positivity rate.
Who got infected: State officials reported new confirmed or suspected cases since Monday among the following age groups: 0-9 (14); 10-19 (49); 20-29 (73); 30-39 (53); 40-49 (60); 50-59 (34); 60-69 (28); 70-79 (6); 80 and older (9).
Who’s in the hospital? The state reported Tuesday that 157 Oregon residents with confirmed coronavirus infections are currently in hospital, compared to 151 reported on Monday. Oregon remains well below capacity, with hundreds of hospital beds and ventilators available.
Since she began: Oregon has reported 17,416 suspected or confirmed infections and 303 deaths, among the lowest in the nation. To date, 386,786 Oregonians have been tested.
– Brad Schmidt; [email protected]; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt
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