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State health officials say Thanksgiving health department closures prompted artificial drop in new cases and deaths.

PMG GRAPHIC - The newest COVID-19 numbers do not reflect reality.Although new reported daily COVID-19 cases and deaths fell Friday, state health officials said that is only because several of the local public health departments that compile such numbers were off for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Oregon Health Authority predicts that Saturday's daily counts will be unusually high.

The OHA also said Nov. 27 that COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state continue to rise. The number of hospitalized patients increased to 521, which is 32 more than reportedWednesday, Nov. 25. The authority said there are 115 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds, up two from Wednesday.

State health officials reported 826 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the state total to 70,832. They also reported three additional deaths, increasing the death toll to 885.

The new reported cases are in the following counties: Benton (9), Clackamas (14), Columbia (13), Crook (6), Deschutes (90), Douglas (12), Gilliam (1), Grant (1), Harney (3), Hood River (1), Jackson (1), Jefferson (4), Josephine (2), Lane (64), Lincoln (4), Linn (27), Malheur (10), Marion (168), Morrow (8), Multnomah (14), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (45), Union (22), Wasco (7), Washington (297), Yamhill (1).

Oregon's three most recent deaths include the following patients, all with underlying conditions:

• An 87-year-old woman in Union County who tested positive Nov. 17 and died Nov. 24 at her residence.

• An 87-year-old woman in Linn County who tested positive Oct. 29 and died Nov. 20 at her residence.

• A 78-year-old woman in Linn County who tested positive Oct. 29 and died Nov. 19 at her residence.


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