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The state now has a total of 78,160 cases since the outbreak began, along with 953 deaths.

Oregon reported 18 new deaths from COVID-19 Wednesday, Dec. 2, along with 1,244 new confirmed and presumptive cases.

The state now has a total of 78,160 cases since the outbreak began, along with 953 deaths.

New cases are in the following counties: Baker (5), Benton (28), Clackamas (128), Clatsop (5), Columbia (13), Coos (10), Crook (4), Curry (3), Deschutes (30), Douglas (12), Grant (1), Harney (2), Hood River (16), Jackson (65), Jefferson (12), Josephine (11), Klamath (16), Lake (5), Lane (69), Lincoln (19), Linn (29), Malheur (26), Marion (122), Morrow (7), Multnomah (282), Polk (26), Tillamook (7), Umatilla (61), Union (12), Wallowa (1), Wasco (4), Washington (184), Wheeler (1) and Yamhill (28).

The new deaths included:

— a 68-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive Nov. 10 and died Nov. 29

— a 96-year-old woman in Douglas County who tested positive Nov. 16 and died Nov. 29

— a 98-year-old man in Malheur County who tested positive Nov. 16 and died Dec. 1

— a 71-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive Nov. 7 and died Nov. 14

— an 87-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive Nov. 9 and died Nov. 16

— a 90-year-old woman in Hood River County who tested positive Oct. 20 and died Nov. 18

— a 79-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive Oct. 22 and died Nov. 28

— an 82-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive Nov. 25 and died Nov. 30

— a 94-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive Oct. 29 and died Nov. 21

— a 57-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive Nov. 6 and died Nov. 26

— an 80-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive Nov. 7 and died Nov. 20

— a 74-year-old woman in Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 15 and died Nov. 29

— a 69-year-old woman in Josephine County who tested positive Nov. 20 and died Dec. 1

— a 75-year-old man in Columbia County who tested positive Nov. 22 and died Nov. 27

— a 74-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive Nov. 26 and died Nov. 26

— an 81-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 27 and died Nov. 28

— a 68-year-old woman in Klamath County who tested positive Nov. 28 and died Nov. 30

— a 76-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive Nov. 27 and died Nov. 27

All but one of the patients had underlying conditions that had been confirmed, according to the Oregon Health Authority. In most cases today, OHA had yet to identify where the patients had died.

OHA also announced Wednesday that two deaths announced Nov. 26 and Nov. 27 were actually the same person, which was reflected in today's count of patients who had died.

Hospitalizations drop

According to OHA, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients across the state is now 549 — 28 fewer than yesterday. Of those patients, 105 are in intensive care beds (six fewer than yesterday).

Changes to test reporting

OHA also announced Wednesday that it was changing the reporting process for COVID-19 test results due to a new statewide framework announced last week by Gov. Kate Brown. Effective tomorrow, Dec. 3, the state will base its percentage of positive test results on the ratio of positive test results to total number of test results compiled, rather than total number of people who have taken a test.

"This change will provide a more complete picture of the spread of the disease in a community," OHA said in a new release.

Public dashboards will be updated to reflect this change, a process that is expected to take about two weeks. Until then, an interim dashboard will record test results across the state.


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