Oregon's COVID-19 cases, deaths Thursday break state records
Oregon blew past several grim milestones Thursday, Nov. 19, as the Oregon Health Authority reported a record-setting 1,225 new COVID-19 cases and 20 new deaths, raising the state's known death toll from COVID-19 well past the 800 mark.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, some 808 Oregonians are now known to have died from COVID-19 or with COVID-19 as a significant contributing cause of death since March.
The state just reported its 700th death earlier this month, on Nov. 3.
"We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19," said OHA Director Patrick Allen in a statement.
New cases, hospitalizations and deaths have grown rapidly in November, prompting Gov. Kate Brown to announce new restrictions on gatherings and business operations set to last through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and possibly well into December.
In Multnomah County alone, the OHA said 376 new cases were identified in Thursday's daily report. Washington County has 127 new cases and Clackamas County has 121 new cases as of Thursday.
Elsewhere in the state, Lane County also added 130 new cases Thursday.
The 20 newly identified fatalities from COVID-19 include residents of Clackamas, Douglas, Grant, Jackson, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, Wasco and Washington counties. They range in age from 30 to 95.
Three of the 20 were under the age of 50. They had underlying health conditions, according to the OHA.
Eight more patients have been hospitalized since Wednesday's report in Oregon with COVID-19, raising the number of active hospitalizations to 414. Of them, 96 are in intensive care units, two fewer than Wednesday.
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