Jefferson Co. man dies from COVID complications; 424 cases reported statewide

COVID-19 has claimed seven more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 671, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday.

Among the new reported deaths is a 55-year-old Jefferson County man who tested positive on July 18 and died Sept. 13 at St. Charles in Madras. He had underlying conditions.

The OHA reported 424 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID, bringing the state total to 43,228.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (8), Benton (3), Clackamas (35), Clatsop (2), Columbia (1), Coos (7), Crook (2), Deschutes (26), Douglas (4), Hood River (2), Jackson (35), Klamath (3), Lake (3), Lane (34), Lincoln (1), Linn (11), Malheur (16), Marion (34), Morrow (1), Multnomah (110), Polk (6), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (17), Union (9), Wasco (1), Washington (48), and Yamhill (3).

Crook County has reported 112 cases and two deaths.

Deschutes County has reported 1,161 cases and 13 deaths; 972 patients have recovered as of Tuesday, the latest data available.

Jefferson County has reported 605 cases and 10 deaths.

St. Charles reported Wednesday it has seven COVID patients; two are in the ICU and one is on a ventilator.

The Oregon Health Authority released its COVID-19 Weekly Report on Wednesday which shows during the week of Monday, October 19, through Sunday, October 25, OHA recorded 2,642 new cases of COVID-19.

That is a 14% increase from the previous week and a record-high for the pandemic.

The number of newly tested Oregonians rose to 31,448 and the percentage of positive tests held steady at 6.5%.

Twenty-seven Oregonians were reported to have died in association with COVID-19—compared to 25 the previous week and 143 were hospitalized.

People aged 20 to 49 accounted for the largest percentage of infection at 56%, despite accounting for 39% of the total population. Persons under 30 accounted for 37 percent of the cases.

People over 80 accounted for 51% of COVID-19 associated deaths and people over 70 accounted for 75% of deaths associated with the illness.

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, OHA reminds people to:

  • Wear a face covering.
  • Keep physically distant.
  • Avoid large gatherings and restrict gatherings with people outside of your household.
  • Maintain good hand hygiene.


Each day we will be posting the Sunday-Saturday running tally of COVID cases in Deschutes County* as they relate to the weekly metrics many are watching for kids to return to school.

Counties need to have 30 or fewer cases per 100,000 people to bring kids back in grades K-3. With about 200,000 residents, Deschutes County’s target number is 60 or fewer total cases.

So far this week, Deschutes County has reported 54 confirmed and presumptive cases since Sunday.

* The final weekly tally reported by the OHA may differ based on a variety of factors.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.


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