PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Health Authority reported nine new deaths due to COVID-19 on Friday, the highest daily death count yet.
Three hundred ninety-six new cases were reported across the state. The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (1), Clackamas (25), Columbia (1), Crook (1), Curry (2), Deschutes (16), Douglas (6), Gilliam (1), Hood River (4), Jackson (5), Jefferson (22), Josephine (1), Klamath (2), Lane (16), Linn (7), Malheur (18), Marion (58), Multnomah (71), Polk (6), Umatilla (59), Wasco (1), Washington (54), and Yamhill (8).
“The coming weeks are especially important,” OHA Director Pat Allen said during a phone briefing on Friday morning. He said cases continue to rise at an “aggressive rate” with newly diagnosed cases having increased 10% over past 14 days. Last week’s tests showed 6.6% test positivity.
Allen reported that they are seeing more cases in young people, with 22% of cases in people ages 20-29. He largely blamed community spread through social “get-togethers.” He said they are seeing a spike from July 4th weekend celebrations.
Allen said the state has seen no outbreaks linked to the ongoing protests.
233 Oregonians are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Allen reported that Oregon hospitals currently have adequate capacity, but “that could change.”
State epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger then spoke about new models that show three different scenarios – if the transmission rate stays the same, if it rises 10% or drops 10%.
- If it stays the same, by August 13 Oregon would have about 1600 infections per day
- If it rises by 10%, by August 13 Oregon would have about 2300 infections per day
- If it drops by 10%, by August 13 Oregon would have about 600 infections per day
“We are at a real turning point,” Sidelinger said. “Let’s work together to put the virus in the past.”
Meanwhile, a new outbreak of 22 cases was reported at Norris Blueberry Farm in Douglas County.