PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon’s COVID-19 death toll increased to four on Friday and the number of confirmed cases continues to rise throughout the state and in Southwest Washington.
The latest death was reported in Marion County. No additional details have been released.
Earlier on Friday, the Oregon Health Authority reported 26 new cases, bringing the state total to 114 on Friday. There were four new cases in Clackamas County, two new in Deschutes County, one new in Grant County, one new in Linn County, four new in Marion County, one new in Union County, five new in Multnomah County, six new in Washington County, and two new in Yamhill County.
Also Friday, Clark County officials announced two more people tested positive — a woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s. Both are quarantined at home. These cases brought the overall county total to six.
In Washington as of Friday afternoon, 1,524 people have tested positive and 83 have died.
In Oregon, four people have died.
In both states, the overwhelming majority of cases have been in people older than 55, but every age group has been infected, officials said.
As of Friday morning, nearly 16,000 cases have been confirmed nationwide, with more than 200 deaths. Confirmed cases have been reported in each of the 50 states.
The World Health Organization has reported COVID-19 cases in most countries on Earth.
New York state moved to join California on Friday in ordering nearly all residents to stay in their homes, as governors undertook their most sweeping efforts yet to contain the coronavirus and fend off the kind of onslaught of patients that has caused southern Europe to buckle.
“We’re going to close the valve, because the rate of increase in the number of cases portends a total overwhelming of our hospital system,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said as the death toll in the U.S. topped 200, with at least 38 in his state.
Meanwhile, Gov. Kate Brown said she was not enacting a shelter-in-place order as of Thursday morning; however, she did add her team was compiling a list of essential businesses that would remain open if an order were to be necessary. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Wednesday he was considering such an order in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, which has been declared a global pandemic.
Tips from the Oregon Health Authority:
- Never visit a hospital or long-term care facility if you have a fever or cough.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like bathrooms, desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, faucet handles, toys and cell phones.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home and away from others if you are ill.
- After someone contracts COVID-19, illness usually develops within 14 days. Symptoms mirror those of the flu, including fever, cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat and general feelings of illness.