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Oregon Health Authority clarifies that most recent fatality had an underlying health condition

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Workers wear masks and protective faceguards outside the Richard L. Harris affordable housing project in downtown Portland on March 27. The Oregon Health Authority reported 69 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state total to 548.

No new deaths were reported, however. That means the number of COVID-19 deaths in Oregon remains at 13, as of 8 a.m. on March 29.

Authorities also said that the 93-year-old man whose death was reported on Saturday had an underlying health conditions. The OHA had reported he had no underlying health conditions when his death was first announced on March 28.

OHA's daily situation report says that as of Sunday morning, 11,426 people have been tested for COVID-19. Of the total, 548 have tested positive and 10,878 have tested negative.

At least 142 people have been hospitalized. Thirty-seven are using ventilators, leaving 767 available.

The new COVID-19 cases were reported in 14 counties.

Three cases were reported in Clackamas County, three in Deschutes County, one in Hood River County, 11 in Jackson County and one in Josephine County.

Two were reported in Klamath County, one in Lane County, four in Linn County, 15 in Marion County, and 10 in Multnomah County.

Two were reported in Polk County, one in Tillamook County, one in Wasco County, 14 in Washington County.

In addition to the one death, the OHA reported 65 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of infected people to 479 then.

The new diagnoses stretched across 13 Oregon counties.

There were 11 new cases in Marion County, 14 in Multnomah County and 18 in Washington County.

Three cases were reported in Benton County, five in Clackamas County, four in Linn County, and two cases each in Deschutes, Jackson and Yamhill counties.

One new case each was reported in Polk, Umatilla, Clatsop and Josephine counties.

Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.


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