The Oregon Health Authority on Monday reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 in Deschutes County, bringing the total here to 371.
Deschutes County reports 237 of those patients have recovered.
The new numbers Monday and over the weekend show a 43-case jump since Friday.
And according to Morgan Emerson, with Deschutes County Health Services, just one of the new cases is linked to an outbreak at the Mt. Bachelor Memory Care facility in Bend last week.
The long-term care facility is now reporting 32 total cases; 23 residents and nine staff members.
“All negative individuals are being retested (results take a few days),” Emerson said. “They will be retested weekly until there are no new positives for two consecutive weeks.”
St. Charles on Monday afternoon reported seven COVID patients; five in the ICU and four on ventilators.
Statewide, the OHA reported 277 new and presumptive COVID cases on Monday to bring the total to 14,847.
Two new deaths bring that total to 262.
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (11), Clatsop (2), Columbia (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (19), Douglas (2), Harney (1), Hood River (2), Jackson (5), Jefferson (7), Josephine (2), Klamath (5), Lake (1), Lane (4), Lincoln (2), Malheur (10), Marion (30), Morrow (1), Multnomah (85), Polk (1), Umatilla (41), Washington (38), Yamhill (6).
Crook County’s cases went up to 28 while Jefferson County increased to 206.
OHA Releases Weekly Testing Summary
The OHA released its Weekly Testing Summary on Monday showing 39,301 tests were performed from July 13-18.* Of those tests, 2,292 were reported positive, for a percent positivity rate of 5.8 percent, unchanged from the week prior.
The most recent weekly testing capacity estimate is 41,000 tests.
The report continues to caution that several major manufacturers have informed OHA that testing supply allocation are being or may be reduced over the next six to eight weeks due to the recent spike in positive COVID-19 cases nationally and increased demand for testing and point-of-care tests continue to be in short supply due to the high demand for testing supplies.
OHA is receiving widespread reports of extended turnaround time from commercial laboratories; in some cases, results are being reported two weeks following specimen collection. OHA will continue to monitor this concerning situation.
*NOTE: The summary of Oregon test results timeframe in the Weekly Testing Summary is shifting to match with CDC’s MMWR report week, which is reported Sundays through Saturdays. To achieve this without reporting overlapping data, today’s report reflects a six-day week (7/13-7/18).
Crook County added one case to reach 28 while Jefferson County reported seven new cases Monday to reach 206.
Roughly 5% of Oregon’s total are presumptive cases—i.e., people without a confirmatory laboratory test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case.
Though not confirmed by a laboratory test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure.
Presumptive cases are encouraged to seek testing to confirm that they do have COVID-19. Presumptive cases who test positive are recategorized as confirmed cases.