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21 deaths reported in daily record for COVID-19 in Oregon
The Oregon Health Authority reported 21 more deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, Nov. 24, setting another grim new record as the public health situation worsens across the United States.
The 21 deaths eclipse a record just set last week, when the OHA reported 20 deaths on Thursday, Nov. 19.
The daily reports list new known deaths from COVID-19 or with COVID-19 as a significant contributing factor; in other words, they do not only include deaths within the past 24 hours.
Five of the fatalities in Tuesday's daily report were in their 70s. Seven were in their 80s. Six were in their 90s.
The youngest victim was a 33-year-old Marion County man who died Nov. 12.
The second-youngest was a 58-year-old Multnomah County man who died Nov. 14, and the third-youngest was a 68-year-old Multnomah County woman who died Nov. 18.
"We feel pain and sorrow for our neighbors who've lost their lives to COVID-19 and the families they leave behind," said Patrick Allen, OHA director, in a statement. "And each death we record is a reminder that COVID-19 is a life-threatening virus that's easy to catch, a warning that more Oregonians will die if we don't contain it and a call to action to stop its spread."
The OHA also reported 1,011 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Oregon has now lost 847 residents to COVID-19 and seen 67,333 known cases. Experts believe the number of reported cases likely significantly undercounts the actual total.
The largest number of new cases in Tuesday's report is in Washington County, with 183.
Multnomah County added 150 cases, Marion County added 113, and Clackamas added 106.
The number of patients hospitalized statewide with COVID-19 rose to 474, an increase of 18 from Monday's report. Four more patients are in intensive care for a total of 113 across Oregon.
Hospitals in the Portland area have warned they are near capacity as cases continue to rise.
The entire state of Oregon is currently under what Gov. Kate Brown and state officials are describing as a "two-week freeze," in which indoor dining and most recreational activities are prohibited, the capacity of stores is limited, and people are asked not to gather in groups larger than six and from more than two households at most.
Washington state, to the north, is under even more stringent restrictions. Washington was an early hotspot as COVID-19 began to spread in the United States in February and March.
Oregon reported its first case of COVID-19 on Feb. 28, in Hillsboro.
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