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An unidentified 65-year-old woman succumbs to the virus on Nov. 17, OHA officials say

Yamhill County sustained its 16th death due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, officials from the Oregon Health Authority reported. It was the first death in the county in months.

An unidentified 65-year-old woman who tested positive on Nov. 12, succumbed to the coronavirus two days later at Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville. The OHA reported that she had underlying conditions that may have contributed to her death.

The woman was among 10 deaths reported Tuesday in the state. Nearly 1,100 confirmed or presumptive cases were reported in the state as well. Deaths in the state are averaging between five and 10 daily, with case numbers typically topping 1,000 per day.

Hospitalizations also continue to rise in the state, with a record 406 recorded on Tuesday. The greatest increases in hospitalizations are in Region 1, which includes the Portland metropolitan area; Region 2, which includes the Willamette Valley, and Region 5, which includes Jackson and Josephine counties.

The greatest concentration of cases in Yamhill County is centered around McMinnville, with 707 cases reported as of Tuesday and a rate of 196 per 10,000 residents. Second is Newberg, with 340 cases reported as of Tuesday and a rate of 120 cases per 10,000 residents.

The increase in the number of patients in intensive care units (ICU) beds is also spiking across the state, further stretching hospitals' ability to care for patients.

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