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Umatilla County shows dramatic spike in infections, with 47 new cases on Oct. 1

Oregon reported 363 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases Thursday, Oct. 1.

The new cases stem largely from Multnomah County, which reported 71 new COVID-19 cases, followed by Umatilla County, with 47 new cases, and Washington County, with 36.

Oregon Health Authority media representatives could not provide further detail about the source of Umatilla County's spike in cases.

One more person, a 44-year-old man in Klamath County, died of COVID-19 on Sept. 30 at Sky Lakes Medical Center, after testing positive on Sept. 21. He had underlying conditions, according to OHA. That brings Oregon's death toll from the virus to 560.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Medical workers wear protective masks, gowns and face shields to protect from COVID-19 infection. OHA noted on Sept. 30 that for the week of Sept. 21 - 27, 1,999 new cases of COVID-19 infection were recorded — up 32% from the week prior, when 1,511 cases were recorded.

The state also said it will begin tracking COVID-19 cases linked to schools, in districts where in-person learning of any kind is offered.

Cases by county

New cases of COVID-19 reported Thursday were in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (4), Clackamas (25), Columbia (7), Coos (5), Deschutes (7), Douglas (5), Jackson (27), Jefferson (9), Klamath (1), Lane (32), Linn (16), Malheur (11), Marion (37), Morrow (2), Multnomah (71), Polk (3), Umatilla (47), Union (1), Wallowa (1), Wasco (5), Washington (36), and Yamhill (10).

Who's getting sick?

To date, nearly 22% of the state's recorded cases have been among those between the ages of 20 and 29, and almost 18% have been among those 30-39 years old, according to Oregon Health Authority data. Oregonians who are 40-49 years old made up the next highest percentage of cases, with 16%.

As of Thursday, 179 patients were hospitalized in Oregon with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.


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