The Oregon Health Authority announced 388 new suspected or confirmed cases and three new deaths related to COVID-19 on Saturday, a drop in cases from the previous day but in line with an overall increase in infections that state public health officials say could skyrocket on arrival. weeks.
The three COVID deaths reported Saturday put the state total at 620. There have been 39,316 known cases of the disease in Oregon so far.
The new state model released Friday shows that if transmission continues at the current rate, Oregon̵
If the transmission rate were to increase, officials say the number of new cases reported each day could reach 740, or 3,400 in total.
Dr. Dean Sidelinger, an epidemiologist and state health official, urged Oregonians to take steps seriously such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and getting together in small groups.
“The virus is extraordinarily contagious and as the weather changes and we head inland, it will be more important than ever to practice preventative measures,” he said.
Sidelinger and other officials have warned against in-person Halloween parties or trick-or-treating, although public health authorities have stopped advising against holding reunions with extended family or friends altogether as the holidays approach. Officials say they “know there is fatigue” in the audience as the pandemic extends into its eighth month.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (1), Benton (2), Clackamas (30), Columbia (4), Coos (5), Crook (5), Deschutes (13), Douglas (7), Jackson (24), Josephine (2), Klamath (1), Lane (48), Linn (8), Malheur (13), Marion (49), Morrow (1), Multnomah (95), Polk (8), Umatilla (13), Union (1), Wallowa (1), Wasco (1), Washington (50) and Yamhill (6).
The 618th death is an 83-year-old man from Multnomah County with underlying conditions. He tested positive on October 3 and died on October 9 at Portland Adventist Medical Center.
The 619th victim is an 83-year-old woman from Wallowa County with basic conditions. She tested positive on September 14 and died on September 29 at home.
The 620th death is a 92-year-old man from Marion County who had underlying conditions. He tested positive on October 3 and died October 16 at home.
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