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OHA reports 98 total deaths in Multnomah County; Boring sees spread from workplace outbreak

The Gresham area has seen another 200-plus weekly increase in COVID-19 cases. All ZIP codes combined now sit at 2,410 total cases reported as of Wednesday, Aug. 12. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Weekly Report released Wednesday, shows 233 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 182 cases, reflecting an increase of 15 cases in the past week.

"During the week of August 2–August 8, 25,744 Oregonians were tested for COVID-19, and 5.4% 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 decreased from 6.4% to 5.4%. Hospitalizations have stabilized in recent weeks; 143 were reported during Aug. 3–8 — very similar to the previous week's 141. 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; 170 (48%) of 357 deaths were among persons at least 80 years of age, and 263 (74%) 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 580 cases reported as of Aug. 12.

These are the case counts as of Aug. 12 for the Gresham and nearby communities:

Gresham/Fairview:

• 97236: 580 cases

• 97233: 567 cases

• 97230: 368 cases

• 97080: 385 cases

• 97030: 333 cases

• 97024: 177 cases

The Troutdale and Wood Village ZIP code of 97060 has reported 182 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. 12, the 97009 ZIP code had 39 cases, and the 97089 ZIP code had 53. These numbers reflect an increase of four cases in 97009 and 11 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 saw an initial outbreak of 10 cases, starting on July 28. The investigation into the outbreak began the following day. According to this week's report, the case number related to this outbreak has risen to 16.

Until last 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, 119 cases have been reported from unknown ZIP codes and 339 cases have been reported from ZIP codes with a population of less than 1,000 people or without population data.

In Multnomah County, 103,077 people have been tested. By Aug. 12, 4,850 people tested positive, 98,277 tested negative, 868 have recovered and 98 have died. Subtracting the positive tests from the cases reported, there are 206 presumptive cases. These numbers reflect five new deaths in the county.

Statewide 461,395 people have been tested, with 22,022 total cases, 20,875 testing positive, 440,520 testing negative, 1,147 presumptive cases and 375 total deaths as of 3 p.m. Aug. 12.


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