OHA reports 217 new cases; hospitalizations up 5 straight weeks

COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 224, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday.

The OHA reported 217 new confirmed and presumptive cases bringing the state total to 10,817.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (3), Clackamas (19), Clatsop (1), Columbia (1), Coos (2), Curry (1), Deschutes (3), Douglas (2), Harney (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (5), Jefferson (1), Josephine (2), Lane (10), Lincoln (3), Linn (8), Malheur (12), Marion (15), Morrow (10), Multnomah (30), Umatilla (43), Union (3), Wasco (1), Washington (31), Yamhill (9).

The three new cases in Deschutes County bring the total to 224. Crook County remains at 15 and Jefferson County’s went up to 137.

Today, OHA released its Weekly Report which showed that during the week of June 29 to July 5, 32,355 people were tested for COVID-19 in Oregon with 5% recording a positive result.

It was the most tests conducted in a single week.

COVID 19 continued to surge during that week with 1,910 new cases an increase of 51% over the previous week. In addition, 11 Oregonians were reported to have died, one fewer than the previous week.

Hospitalizations increased for the fifth consecutive week but remained below earlier peaks in March and April because younger people who have a lower risk of hospitalization and death predominate among recent cases. ICU bed usage remains well under capacity statewide.

Locally, St. Charles reported Wednesday it had seven COVID patients and one was in the ICU and on a ventilator.

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