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Coronavirus in Oregon: 184 new cases, 8 deaths as fatalities hold near record pace

The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday reported 184 new coronavirus cases and eight more deaths, with fatalities this month holding near last month’s record total.

At least 41 Oregonians have died with COVID-19 in September, according to the newsroom’s database of fatalities tracked by date of death. The state had reported 44 August deaths by this time last month.

It’s unclear what impact the ongoing wildfires will have on the pandemic. State officials say spread could slow because more people are staying home, or cases could increase among people who have been displaced and are living with others.

The state already is seeing a significant decrease in testing, recording a 35% reduction last week according to preliminary data. With fewer people being tested, the percentage of positive tests is now increasing for the first time in more than a month. That’s likely because people who otherwise would test negative aren’t seeking screening while the sickest are still tested.

Meanwhile, the average number of confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases each day has been in steady decline since July, currently standing at about 187 over the past week. Those numbers have plateaued in recent days but may continue to decline if fewer Oregonians are tested.

Where the new cases are by county: Clackamas (11), Clatsop (1), Columbia (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (2), Douglas (1), Gilliam (2), Jackson (10), Jefferson (3), Josephine (2), Klamath (3), Lane (9), Linn (6), Malheur (25), Marion (31), Morrow (3), Multnomah (35), Polk (2), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (4), Union (1), Washington (25) and Yamhill (5).

New fatalities: Oregon’s 512th death linked to coronavirus is a 73-year-old Washington County woman who died Sept. 1 at Tuality Healthcare. The state health authority said her death certificate listed COVID-19 as a cause or significant condition contributing to death.

The 513th fatality is a 74-year-old Malheur County woman. She tested positive Sept. 7 and died Sept. 11 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Idaho. State officials are confirming if she had underlying health conditions.

Oregon’s 514th death is a 77-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Aug. 30 and died Sept. 14 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center.

The 515th fatality is a 66-year-old Morrow County woman with underlying health conditions. She tested positive Aug. 11 and died Sept. 13 at OHSU Hospital.

Oregon’s 516th death is an 89-year-old Clackamas County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive July 31 and died Sept. 9 in her residence.

The 517th fatality is a 58-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive Aug. 25 and died Sept. 11 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center.

Oregon’s 518th death is an 85-year-old Marion County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Aug. 26 and died Sept. 11 in his residence.

The 519th fatality is an 80-year-old Clackamas County woman with underlying health conditions. She tested positive Aug. 26 and died Sept. 10 at Providence Portland Medical Center.

The prevalence of infections: State officials reported 172 new confirmed infections out of 3,254 people tested, equaling a 5.3% positivity rate.

Who got infected: New confirmed or presumed infections grew among the following age groups: 0-9 (8); 10-19 (12); 20-29 (29); 30-39 (42); 40-49 (28); 50-59 (14); 60-69 (20); 70-79 (11); 80 and older (8).

Who’s in the hospital: The state Tuesday reported 106 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections are currently in the hospital, an increase of 11 from Monday. Oregon remains well below its capacity, with hundreds of hospital beds and ventilators available.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 29,662 confirmed or presumed infections and 519 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, 616,625 Oregonians have been tested.

— Brad Schmidt; [email protected]; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt

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