OHA reports 550 new COVID cases; highest daily count since onset of pandemic

The OHA reported 550 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state total to 41,348.

Today’s case count is the highest daily case count since the beginning of the pandemic. It surpasses the last highest daily case count at 484, which was reported on Oct. 8.

Preliminary data shows this increase is due to continued widespread community transmission resulting in small clusters and outbreaks across the state.

COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 649, according to the OHA.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (9), Clackamas (48), Columbia (3), Coos (5), Crook (7), Curry (1), Deschutes (11), Douglas (3), Grant (1), Harney (1), Hood River (4), Jackson (33), Jefferson (1), Josephine (1), Klamath (1), Lane (52), Lincoln (2), Linn (19), Malheur (13), Marion (57), Morrow (1), Multnomah (135), Polk (3), Umatilla (21), Union (1), Wasco (2), Washington (91), and Yamhill (23).

Crook County’s case count continues to climb as the county has reported 19 cases just this week.

Vicky Ryan with the Crook County Health Department said their communicable disease team has been able to identify the source of all of the most recent cases, which rules out community spread of unknown origin. The Communicable Disease Team is on top of the investigation and monitoring the active group, Ryan said.

Crook County has reported 100 cases and two deaths total.

Deschutes County has reported 1,098 cases and 13 deaths. 941 of those cases have recovered as of Friday.

Jefferson County has reported 600 cases and nine deaths.

St. Charles reported Thursday it has seven COVID patients; two are in the ICU, but neither are on a ventilator.

SCHOOL METRIC WATCH:

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 57 confirmed and presumptive cases since Sunday.

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

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