29-year-old among 9 new virus-related deaths in Oregon

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon health officials say nine new coronavirus-related deaths, including that of a 29-year-old Multnomah County man, were reported on Friday.

The man, who has not been identified by officials, tested postive on Aug. 22 and died the same day at OHSU Hospital, according to the Oregon Health Authority. He did not have any reported underlying conditions.

Other deaths were reported in Marion, Washington, Umatilla, Malheur and Polk counties; the other reported deaths of Oregon residents, who were ages 50 and older, had or was believed to have had underlying conditions. The statewide death toll is now 447.

Meanwhile, state health officials announced 301 new positive and presumptive COVID-19 cases, with Multnomah County reporting the most at 72. Friday’s numbers had the state’s total number of cases pass 26,000.

The county breakdown is as follows: Baker (1), Benton (1), Clackamas (27), Coos (4), Deschutes (7), Douglas (3), Jackson (14), Jefferson (3), Josephine (1), Klamath (4), Lane (10), Lincoln (4), Linn (5), Malheur (37), Marion (43), Morrow (9), Multnomah (72), Polk (9), Umatilla (20), Union (2), Washington (20), and Yamhill (5).

Multnomah County health officials held a press conference on Friday afternoon to discuss their removal from the state’s Watch List.

Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines and Communicable Disease Director Kim Toevs still urged caution despite the news.

“This is good news, I think it’s a result of cases coming down overall,” Dr. Vines said.

Vines said there is still a ways to go to meet the schools metric. She said clear upticks were noted after Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekend, and said she is concerned ahead of Labor Day weekend.

“There is clearly a pattern after a holiday weekend,” Vines said.

Vines also responded to questions about moving to Phase 2, saying it is a different set of metrics than the schools reopening metrics. She said it is possible that Phase 2 could come before schools reopen, but that it would be a regional decision.

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