PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Four Oregon counties accounted for more than half of the state’s 274 new confirmed/presumptive cases of COVID in the Thursday report that also recorded the deaths of 3 more people.
The four counties — Multnomah (65), Washington (40), Marion (36) and Clackamas (24) — totaled 165 cases, officials said. Another 16 counties totaled the other 109 cases, led by Malheur with 23. The rest of the counties are Baker (2), Columbia (2), Coos (4), Deschutes (4), Douglas (1), Jackson (18), Jefferson (6), Josephine (1), Lane (13), Lincoln (1), Linn (2), Morrow (7), Umatilla (15), Wasco (4) and Yamhill (6).
The 3 people (two men and a woman) who died ranged in age from 56 to 96 and all had underlying health conditions, OHA said. Their deaths bring the Oregon total to 470 since the pandemic began.
The total number of COVID cases in Oregon now stands at 27,336.
Gov. Brown updates Watch List
Baker County was removed from the state’s COVID Watch List, Gov. Kate Brown said in a late Thursday press release. But Morrow and Umatilla counties remain in Phase 1 and a new prerequisite was put into place before any county can move to Phase 2.
Along with Morrow and Umatilla, Jackson, Jefferson and Malheur counties remain on the Watch List. The governor said Morrow and Umatilla remained on the Watch List because of high case counts.
The new prerequisite to move into Phase 2 changes the trend-based metric to case counts per population. “Counties with more than 100 cases must have their case counts reduced to 100 cases or less per 100,000 people per week,” the governor said.
The change was made as case counts have risen as reopenings progressed.
“This is a good reminder that this disease is still very much with us, and that all Oregonians play a part in helping keep their friends, families, and neighbors safe and healthy,” Brown said in a statement. “We must continue to work together by physically distancing, wearing a face covering, staying home when sick, and washing our hands often.”