COVID-19 death toll in Oregon rises to 375
The COVID-19 death toll in Oregon continues to rise quickly, with seven more deaths reported by the Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
The state now counts 375 Oregonians to have died of COVID-19, or with the coronavirus infection as a significant contributing factor in their death.
By the end of July, the OHA listed 322 as the official death toll from COVID-19 in Oregon. With Wednesday's report, 53 deaths from COVID-19 have now been added to the official toll in Oregon in August alone, less than halfway through the month.
Not all of those deaths occurred in August, with several occurring in June or July but not officially reported as COVID-19 deaths until this month.
While the vast majority of the Oregonians who have died of COVID-19 were in their 60s or older, one of the newly counted fatalities in Wednesday's update is a 57-year-old Clackamas County woman who died Aug. 9. It was not immediately clear whether she had underlying medical conditions.
Also tallied in Wednesday's report:
• An 81-year-old Clackamas County man who died Aug. 2.
• A 95-year-old Washington County woman who died Aug. 8.
• A 70-year-old Clackamas County man who died Aug. 9.
• A 76-year-old Umatilla County man who died Aug. 10.
• An 86-year-old Washington County woman who died Aug. 10.
• An 81-year-old Clackamas County man who died Aug. 11.
All had underlying conditions, according to the OHA.
Additionally, 258 new confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday. Forty-five of those new cases are in Multnomah County, with another 41 in Washington County, 30 in Umatilla County, 29 in Marion County, 24 in Clackamas County, 17 in Malheur County and 10 in Lane County.
Sixteen other counties reported single-digit case increases.
According to state data, 4.5% of Oregonians tested for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that caused COVID-19, have tested positive since the start of the outbreak in late February.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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