PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Health Authority reported a record-breaking 1,122 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
Small social gatherings continue to be a major source of transmission of the virus, health officials said. Part of this week’s rising cases can be attributed to at least five Halloween events, they said. These include small social gatherings and a party that was attended by more than 100 people. The cases announced Thursday are still being investigated and the source is not yet known.
Today’s new cases include: Baker (1), Benton (20), Clackamas (102), Clatsop (1), Columbia (8), Crook (5), Curry (3), Deschutes (28), Douglas (14), Grant (4), Harney (1), Hood River (3), Jackson (123), Jefferson (1), Josephine (4), Klamath (9), Lane (65), Lincoln (1), Linn (8), Marion (102), Morrow (3), Multnomah (351), Polk (19), Umatilla (44), Union (2), Wasco (5), Washington (169), and Yamhill (26).
Officials are urging Oregonians to limit social gatherings to their household or no more than six people if more than one household is included. People should also reduce the frequency of gatherings. Officials said most Oregonians are currently socializing three times or fewer every two weeks. It is also advised to limit your social circle to the same six people.
These restrictions are required for the nine counties ordered to “pause” by Gov. Kate Brown, but officials said they are effective prevention steps for all.
There are also four new deaths, bringing the toll to 746. They include a 62-year-old Lane County man who did not have underlying conditions, 93-year-old Clackamas County man who did have underlying conditions, 95-year-old Marion County man who had underlying conditions and a 35-year-old Multnomah County man. OHA is working to confirm the presence of underlying conditions in this last death.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 53,779 cases in the state.
In the most recent modeling, OHA said in the week of Nov. 2 to 8 the state recorded 5,177 cases, which was up 46% from the week before. The percentage of positive tests has also increased sharply to 11.9%. People aged 20 to 49 account for the largest percentage of infection – 55% -- while only making up 39% of the total population. People under 30 accounted for 37%. OHA also said people over 80 made up 51% of COVID-19 related deaths and people over 70 accounted for 74%.