OHA reports 597 new COVID cases; Oregon death toll surpasses 700

COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 705, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday.

The OHA reported 597 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 47,049.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (7), Benton (2), Clackamas (54), Clatsop (4), Columbia (5), Coos (2), Crook (9), Deschutes (17), Douglas (12), Grant (2), Harney (1), Hood River (2), Jackson (52), Jefferson (5), Josephine (1), Klamath (3), Lake (1), Lane (24), Linn (11), Malheur (11), Marion (83), Morrow (2), Multnomah (172), Polk (13), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (23), Union (3), Wallowa (3), Wasco (1), Washington (57), and Yamhill (13).

Deschutes County has reported 1,325 cases and 13 deaths; 1,068 patients have recovered as of Tuesday, the latest data available.

Jefferson County has reported 618 cases and 11 deaths.

Crook County has reported 127 cases and four deaths.

The nine cases reported Wednesday are the county’s highest one-day tally, according to Vicky Ryan, a spokeswoman with the Crook County Health Department.

Crook County has reported 11 new cases this week and Ryan said four were “very sick.”

Of the eight COVID patients reported at St. Charles Wednesday, three Crook County residents are in the ICU and one is on a ventilator.

COVID-19 outbreak at Fred Meyer Distribution Center

A COVID-19 outbreak of 39 cases has been reported at the Fred Meyer Distribution Center in Clackamas County.

The case count includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to an employee.

The outbreak investigation started on Oct. 22, but the initial case count was below the reporting threshold.

State and county public health officials are working with the company to address the outbreak and protect the health of workers.

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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