The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,669 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths Saturday, a huge uptick from Friday that was expected because several health departments that report daily case counts were closed for Thanksgiving.
The new case count Saturday was a record, topping the 1,517 cases reported on Sunday.
Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday announced she would loosen many restrictions she enacted with her Nov. 13 “freeze” order in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Brown said she will end the two-week statewide “freeze” Dec. 3, replacing it with a tiered risk assessment that lightens restrictions for counties with lower case counts per capita.
Multnomah County officials announced Friday they expect the state’s most populous county to go from the “freeze” into the state’s new “extreme risk” tier of restrictions. Those lighter constraints will allow for outdoor dining at bars and restaurants, although public health officials still recommend takeout food as the safest option. Religious institutions will also be allowed to have larger numbers of people gather indoors.
Oregon’s new rules that start Dec. 3 include tighter restrictions for grocery and retail stores and malls, which will be limited to 50% capacity. Currently, stores are limited to 75% capacity.
Public health officials will use COVID-19 figures from Monday, Nov. 30, to determine which counties fall into the “extreme risk” category and are subject to the most rigid restrictions. As of late this week, public health officials estimated that could be 21 of Oregon’s 36 counties. A list of counties can be viewed here.
Health authorities reported the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 rose to 529 Saturday, up eight people from Friday. The state also said there were 106 coronavirus patients in intensive care units Saturday, nine fewer people than on Friday. The Oregonian/OregonLive had been asking the Oregon Health Authority since Nov. 9 to release hospitalization data on the weekends.
Oregon Health Authority did not report numerous data points on the weekend, making it impossible to calculate the current positive test rate or growth of new confirmed or presumed infections among different age groups.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (6), Benton (17), Clackamas (164), Clatsop (8), Columbia (11), Coos (3), Crook (2), Curry (4), Deschutes (64), Douglas (10), Gilliam (1), Harney (3), Hood River (2), Jackson (124), Jefferson (6), Josephine (13), Klamath (84), Lake (7), Lane (49), Lincoln (3), Linn (9), Malheur (8), Marion (70), Morrow (3), Multnomah (701), Polk (45), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (24), Union (8), Wasco (5), Washington (164), Yamhill (48).
New deaths: Oregon’s 886th death from coronavirus is a 62-year-old woman in Douglas County who tested positive on Nov. 16 and died Nov. 27 at Mercy Medical Center. Health officials are determining whether she had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 887th COVID-19 death is a 96-year-old woman in Jackson County who tested positive on Nov. 9 and died Nov. 25 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She did not have underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 888th coronavirus death is a 62-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Oct. 31 and died Nov. 23 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 889th COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Nov. 24 and died Nov. 25 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 890th death from coronavirus is a 90-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Nov. 16 and died Nov. 26 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 891st coronavirus death is an 89-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Nov. 21 and died Nov. 27 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 892nd COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Nov. 16 and died Nov. 24 at his home. Public health officials are still determining if he had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 893rd coronavirus death is a 102-year-old woman in Union County who tested positive on Nov. 11 and died Nov. 26 at Grande Ronde Hospital. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 894th COVID-19 death is a 56-year-old man in Coos County who tested positive on Oct. 26 and died Nov. 26 at Oregon Health & Science University. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 895th death from coronavirus is an 87-year-old man in Deschutes County who tested positive on Nov. 19 and died Nov. 24 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 896th COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive on Oct. 10 and died Nov. 26 at his home. He had underlying conditions.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 72,506 confirmed or presumed infections and 896 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation.
— Hillary Borrud; email@example.com; 503-294-4034; @hborrud