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Hospitalizations skyrocket to new high as state report of coronavirus in oregan 723 more cases, four deaths


Oregon’s battle to slow coronavirus fell further behind over the weekend by virtually every key metric, with average daily cases, hospitalizations and test positivity rates climbing to record levels.

The Oregon Health Authority on Monday reported four new deaths and 723 coronavirus cases, pushing the state’s daily average from the past week to 740.

Active hospitalizations skyrocketed to 269. And Oregon’s test positivity rate from over the weekend was a concerning 14.4%.

Each indicator has nearly doubled from two weeks ago, underscoring a troubling trajectory that shows no sign of stalling.

What’s more, the rate of transmission appears to be increasing, with Oregon ranking sixth and 9th highest in the country, according to coronavirus tracking websites previously cited by the state health authority.

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Hoping to slow spread, Gov. Kate Brown on Friday announced a two-week “pause” on social gatherings in Multnomah, Marion, Jackson, Umatilla and Malheur counties, with the potential to add Washington, Clackamas, Linn, Baker and Union counties.

But with infections already circulating, and the new restrictions not going into effect until Wednesday, the state is likely poised to see even more infections and hospitalizations ahead.

Throughout the pandemic, Oregon has recorded fewer cases and deaths per capita than almost any state in America. The state’s latest upswing mirrors surging cases and hospitalizations across the country.

Hospitalizations appear to be the most significant measure as Brown contemplates additional restrictions on gatherings or businesses. Brown said she hopes to avoid financially harmful measures but said it may be necessary without seeing improvement before Thanksgiving.

Officials are concerned that without action, Oregonians may not receive quality medical care if hospitals become overwhelmed by coronavirus patients.

The state in late October said hospitals could reach capacity by mid to late December. That was before the latest surge in cases.

Oregon’s daily coronavirus cases

Here’s the daily and 7-day rolling average of new coronavirus cases as they were reported by the Oregon Health Authority.

Where the new cases are by county: Baker (1), Benton (8), Clackamas (68), Clatsop (2), Columbia (4), Coos (6), Crook (2), Deschutes (25), Douglas (21), Grant (4), Jackson (41), Jefferson (5), Josephine (2), Klamath (10), Lane (36), Linn (17), Malheur (7), Marion (79), Morrow (1), Multnomah (204), Polk (16), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (11), Union (13), Wasco (1), Washington (119) and Yamhill (18).

Oregon coronavirus deaths by week

More than 700 Oregonians with COVID-19 have died, according to the state health authority. This graphic tracks fatalities by date of death. Data for the most recent week is incomplete.

New fatalities: Oregon’s 731st death linked to coronavirus is an 84-year-old Lane County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive Oct. 17 and died Nov. 7 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend.

The 732nd fatality is a 79-year-old Lane County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Oct. 17 and died Nov. 7 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend.

Oregon’s 733rd death is an 89-year-old Marion County woman with underlying health conditions. She tested positive Oct. 30 and died Nov. 8 at Salem Hospital.

The 734th fatality is a 50-year-old Lane County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Oct. 17 and died Nov. 8 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend.

Oregon’s daily positive rates

This is the percentage of Oregonians tested for coronavirus who are confirmed to have the disease. Gaps are the result of the Oregon Health Authority not reporting complete testing totals on weekends.

The prevalence of infections: State officials had not disclosed detailed data since Friday. Since then, officials reported 2,443 new confirmed infections out of 16,970 people tested, equaling a 14.4% positivity rate.

Who got infected: State officials had not disclosed detailed data since Friday. New confirmed or presumed infections grew among the following age groups: 0-9 (124); 10-19 (261); 20-29 (592); 30-39 (511); 40-49 (395); 50-59 (284); 60-69 (174); 70-79 (117); 80 and older (78)

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