The number of Oregon coronavirus cases has grown by 277 new confirmed and suspected cases, the Oregon Health Authority announced Saturday, a day after the highest number of new cases recorded in a day since the pandemic began. The state has now eclipsed 32,500 total cases.
Lane County, Oregon’s fourth most populous, recorded the highest number of new cases of any county at 44. Multnomah County, the largest in the state, was second with 33.
Public health officials warned Friday that cases in the Eugene area, the largest city in Lane County, were on the rise, in part due to college student meetings. The University of Oregon reported that 37 students living off-campus tested positive this week.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (2), Benton (1
New victims: Oregon’s 543rd death from COVID-19 is a 77-year-old woman in Marion County with unspecified underlying health conditions. She tested positive on August 15 and died on September 23 at Portland Adventist Medical Center.
Oregon’s 544th death from COVID-19 is a 44-year-old woman in Malheur County. She tested positive on September 21 and died on September 25. Officials are still confirming where he died and if he had any underlying health conditions.
Oregon’s 545th death from COVID-19 is an 84-year-old woman in Washington County with unspecified underlying health conditions. She tested positive on 22 September and died on 24 September in her residence.
The 546th COVID-19 death in Oregon is a 75-year-old man in Marion County with unspecified underlying health conditions. He tested positive on August 16 and died on September 24 at Salem Hospital.
Who is in the hospital: The state reported that 139 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were currently in hospital on Friday, the same number as the previous day. Updated data was not released on Saturday. Oregon remains well below its capacity, with hundreds of hospital beds and ventilators available.
Since it started: Oregon reported 32,581 confirmed or suspected infections and 546 deaths, among the lowest total in the nation. To date, 636,090 Oregonians have been tested.
Kale Williams of The Oregonian / OregonLive contributed to this report.
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