Oregon sets new record with 550 COVID-19 cases reported Friday
Oregon saw a new high mark in its daily count of COVID-19 cases Friday, Oct. 23, with 550 new cases reported as well as three new deaths.
The year's death toll is now 649 while the case count since the pandemic began is 41,348.
"Today's case count is again a reminder that Oregonians cannot let their guards down," the Oregon Health Authority said in a press release. "OHA published new face covering guidance this week, which requires that people consistently wear face coverings while indoors at their workplace or all other places where they will be in contact with people from outside their household. OHA has also asked Oregonians to rethink Halloween — avoid traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, avoid costume parties with people outside their own households and wear a face covering, because a Halloween mask won't protect against COVID-19."
The new deaths were: an 82-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive Oct.12 and died Oct. 21 at Salem Hospital; a 79-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 21 and died Oct. 11 at Adventist Health Portland; and a 68-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 27 and died Oct. 18 at Adventist Health Portland.
All three patients had underlying conditions according to OHA.
The bulk of the new cases were in Multnomah County, which saw 135. The new-case count in other counties include: 91 in Washington County; 57 in Marion County; 52 in Lane County; 48 in Clackamas County; 33 in Jackson County; 23 in Yamhill County; 21 in Umatilla County; 19 in Linn County; 13 in Malheur County; 11 in Deschutes County; nine in Benton County; seven in Crook County; five in Coos County; four in Hood River County; three each in Columbia, Douglas and Polk counties; two each in Lincoln and Wasco counties; and one each in Baker, Curry, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Morrow and Union counties.
"We all need to aggressively adhere to the face covering guidance and always wear a mask," Dr. Shimi Sharief, OHA senior health adviser, said in the press release. "We know everyone is tired and we all wish this would go away, but the reality is this disease is spreading in Oregon and it's on all of us to protect ourselves and each other."
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