Oregon reports 272 new cases, two new deaths from COVID-19
The official death toll from COVID-19 in Oregon is up to 328, the Oregon Health Authority reported Monday, Aug. 3.
Two more deaths from COVID-19 were added to the toll in Monday's daily update. The deceased are a 50-year-old man who lived in Multnomah County and died July 29, nine days after testing positive, and a 71-year-old Marion County man who died Aug. 1, after testing positive on July 6.
The Marion County resident had underlying medical conditions, according to the Oregon Health Authority. It was not immediately clear whether the Multnomah County resident had underlying conditions.
Additionally, 272 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 were added to the count.
Concern continues over Umatilla County, which Gov. Kate Brown ordered last week to revert to the terms of her March "Stay Home, Save Lives" executive order after it had previously been in Phase 2 of its tri-phase reopening plan. The county in northeastern Oregon added 64 new cases in Monday's update, the most of any county.
Multnomah County, Oregon's most populous, added 49 new cases.
Marion and Yamhill counties both added 27 new cases.
The only other counties with a double-digit increase in the case count Monday are Clackamas and Washington counties, which the OHA said have 21 and 19 new cases, respectively.
The total count of detected COVID-19 cases in Oregon is expected to surpass 20,000 this week. It stands at 19,366 as of Monday, including presumptive cases for which test results are not available.
The OHA says 18,355 Oregonians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began in late February. More than 400,000 people have been tested, with an overall positive rate of 4.4%. The positive rate has increased in recent weeks as cases have multiplied across the state.
Later Monday, the OHA said the positive rate over the past week climbed again to 6.1% after declining in the previous week.
The OHA noted that 6.1% is "one of the highest rates observed since the early pandemic."
Additionally, some test results are coming as late as two weeks after the test is administered, the OHA said.
Editor's note: This story has been updated as of 4:30 p.m. Monday with information from the Oregon Health Authority's weekly testing report.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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