Happy Valley, Jennings Lodge/Oak Grove hit hard by COVID-19
Newly released data shows that Happy Valley and Jennings Lodge were among the hardest hit by COVID-19 among communities in Clackamas County.
According to the Oregon Health Authority's zipcode data sets, published Tuesday, May 5, one in every 1,000 people in Happy Valley's zipcode have tested positive for the coronavirus, resulting in a total of 26 verified cases in the area. The numbers only represent those cases confirmed by diagnostic testing or patients who had COVID-like symptoms and close contact with a confirmed case.
Oak Grove/Jennings Lodge's zipcode had almost as many confirmed cases, more than seven for every 10,000 residents. Jennings Lodge is an unincorporated area near Gladstone that shares a school district with Oregon City's zipcode and includes Redland and Beavercreek. Although Jennings Lodge/Oak Grove and Oregon City each had 22 cases, Oregon City has a larger population, so only 4.28 people per 10,000 there have been confirmed to have contracted the virus so far.
Sixteen confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the urban unicorporated area near the Clackamas Town Center, giving it a rate of 8.2 cases per 10,000. Milwaukie's 19 cases gave the city a rate of 5.43/10,000.
Taken together, people in the North Clackamas and Oregon City school districts accounted for 105 of Clackamas County's 235 cases. The school districts had about the same rate as Clackamas County overall, approximately one COVID-19 case per 1,700 people.
In other parts of the county, Canby and Molalla had a larger proportion of the cases, whereas Lake Oswego and Gladstone each had fewer than 10 cases each.
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