Oregon: No COVID deaths for three days, 71 new cases
Oregon reported no new deaths from COVID-19 for the third day in a row, public health officials say. The death toll remains at 148 as of Wednesday, May 27.
But the Oregon Health Authority did report another 71 new confirmed and presumptive cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — for a new statewide total of 4,038.
The new cases are located in 11 Oregon counties, as follows: 41 cases in Multnomah County, six in Marion County, five each in Washington and Jackson counties, four in Clackamas County, two each in Lake, Lincoln, Polk and Wasco counties, and one each in Hood River and Yamhill counties.
OHA investigating COVID-19 increase:
In a cryptic message, OHA said it and local county officials are investigating increasing COVID-19 cases tied to an "outbreak at specific locations of a business that operates in the tri-county region and the Willamette Valley."
For the time-being, authorities assure the public that there is "no indication that the outbreak at these locations poses any significant risk to surrounding communities."
The unspecific situation, however, remains under investigation, and public health figures expect more positive test results over the next few days, as testing continues. OHA promises to release more details soon.
Decline in cases reported:
There have been 298 new cases of COVID recorded in the last week, a 26% drop over the previous week, OHA says.
The number of tests conducted rose 5%, for a total of 17,214 — with only 1.7% of those tests coming back as positive for the disease.
"Percentage positive is a key indicator that epidemiologists track in understanding the spread of the disease," authorities say.
There were 10 reported COVID deaths last week, for an average of 0.3 deaths per 10,000 Oregonians since the beginning of the outbreak.
Hospitals with patients:
OHA is now reporting the number of hospitals with COVID-19 patients. Here are the numbers, including both confirmed and presumptive cases, as self-reported by the medical centers:
10 or more
Salem Hospital reports 43 patients; Providence Portland Medical Center reports 16; Hillsboro Medical Center reports 11; and OHSU, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center each report 10.
Nine or less
OHA also announced the number of hospitals with between one and nine patients, but did not specify the patient total: Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center; Asante Three Rivers Medical Center; Columbia Memorial Hospital; Doernbecher Children's Hospital; Good Samaritan Corvallis; Good Shepherd Health Care System; Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center; McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center; Mercy Medical Center; Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center; Mid-Columbia Medical Center; Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center; Adventist Medical Center; PeaceHealth Sacred Heart MC-Riverbend; Providence Milwaukie Hospital; Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital; Providence Medford Medical Center; Providence Newberg Medical Center; Providence Seaside Hospital; Randall Children's Hospital at LEH; Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital; Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital; Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital; Santiam Memorial Hospital; Silverton Hospital; Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center; Sky Lakes Medical Center; Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center; St. Anthony Hospital; VA Portland HC System; Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center; Willamette Valley Medical Center; and Kaiser Westside Medical Center.
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