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OHA reports 93 total deaths in Multnomah County, Boring sees workplace outbreak

The Gresham area's count of COVID-19 cases has passed the 2,000 mark and now sits at 2,177 cases reported as of Aug. 5. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Weekly Report released Wednesday, Aug. 5, shows 232 more people in the Gresham area have tested positive for COVID-19. This is excluding Troutdale and Wood Village, where there are now a total of 167 cases, reflecting an increase of 29 cases in the past week.

"During the week of July 26–August 1, 33,918 Oregonians were tested for COVID-19, and 6.4% of them had a positive result. Not all positive tests represent new cases; some are from specimens collected from people who had already been counted as presumptive cases.," the report said. "The number includes tests done at all locations, including commercial non-hospital-based laboratories, hospital laboratories and Oregon State Public Health Laboratory. The percentage of tests positive increased from 5.1% to 6.4%. Hospitalizations have increased since the beginning of June; 141 were reported during July 27–August 1, up from the previous week's 127. The age group with the highest incidence of reported infection continues to be 20-29-year-olds, with rates decreasing in subsequent decades of life. COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates increase with age; 152 (46%) of 328 deaths were among persons at least 80 years of age, and 238 (73%) in persons 70 and older."

The Gresham area total reflects case counts from ZIP codes 97236, 97233, 97230, 97080, 97030 and 97024. To date, the OHA has not released information noting how many people have recovered at the ZIP code level. In this area, the ZIP code of 97236 has the largest number of cases with 533 cases reported as of Aug. 5.

These are the case counts as of Aug. 5 for the Gresham and nearby communities:

Gresham/Fairview:

• 97236: 533 cases

• 97233: 519 cases

• 97230: 339 cases

• 97080: 321 cases

• 97030: 296 cases

• 97024: 169 cases

The Troutdale and Wood Village ZIP code of 97060 has reported 167 cases as of this week's count.

The ZIP codes that contain parts of unincorporated communities Boring, Eagle Creek, Damascus, Barton and Carver — 97009 and 97089 — have seen steady increases in cases over the past two months. As of Aug. 5, the 97009 ZIP code had 35 cases or 45.1 cases per capita, and the 97089 ZIP code had 42 cases or 35 cases per capita. These numbers reflect an increase of five cases in 97009 and six cases in 97089 over the course of the week.

Listed among this week's workplace outbreaks was J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. of Boring (within the 97009 ZIP code). The wholesale tree growers reportedly have saw an outbreak of 10 cases, starting on July 27. The investigation into the outbreak began the following day.

Until this week, the Welches, Zigzag and Rhododendron communities had yet to report any positive cases, and Government Camp has not been included in the weekly reports. However, as of Aug. 5, both the ZIP codes of 97049 and 97067 now show an inconclusive report of having 1-10 cases each.

"In order to protect patient privacy, ZIP codes with small populations or small numbers of cases will be aggregated," the OHA weekly report said. "Cases from ZIP codes with less than 1,000 people will be reported as one number."

To date, 148 cases have been reported from unknown ZIP codes and 135 cases have been reported from ZIP codes with a population of less than 1,000 people or without population data.

In Multnomah County, 94,198 people have been tested. By Aug. 5, 4,418 people tested positive, 89,780 tested negative, 816 have recovered and 93 have died. Subtracting the positive tests from the cases reported, there are 190 presumptive cases. These numbers reflect 56.1 cases per capita in the county.

Statewide 425,759 people have been tested, with 19,979 total cases, 18,936 testing positive, 406,823 testing negative, 1,043 presumptive cases and 338 total deaths as of 3 p.m. Aug. 5.


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