Oregon reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases to date on Thursday, Oct. 8. The Oregon Health Authority reported 484 new confirmed and presumptive cases, and 11 deaths.
Thursday's record high number was attributed partly to a workplace outbreak of 59 cases at Planasa Oregon Operations LLC in Klamath County. OHA said an outbreak investigation at the site began Oct. 1 but noted "the initial case count was below the threshold for public disclosure."
"State and county public health officials are working with the business to address the outbreak and protect the health of workers," OHA stated in its daily report. "The remainder of the 484 new cases reported today are being investigated so it is too soon to know the sources of the increase."
According to the state health department, most new cases of the disease have been traced back to outbreaks in long-term care facilities, workplace outbreaks and social gatherings.
The majority of fatalities reported Thursday stem from Wasco County, though Multnomah County has the highest number of cases, at 82, followed by Lane County, which had 71.
The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (11), Clackamas (31), Columbia (8), Coos (1), Curry (1), Deschutes (17), Douglas (9), Gilliam (1), Hood River (3), Jackson (17), Jefferson (11), Josephine (2), Klamath (44), Lane (71), Lincoln (3), Linn (20), Malheur (16), Marion (31), Morrow (5), Multnomah (82), Polk (5), Umatilla (18), Union (2), Wasco (4), Washington (58) and Yamhill (12).
Those who succumbed to COVID-19 include seven elderly people in Wasco County. An 87-year-old woman who contracted the disease on Sept. 18 died on Oct. 6 at her home, the same day a 92-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 18 died. Additionally, an 89-year-old woman, a 95-year-old woman and a 103-year-old woman died Oct. 5.
Oregon's 591st COVID-19 death was an 81-year-old woman, also in Wasco County, who tested positive on Sept.18 and died on Oct. 2 in her residence. A 98-year-old woman in Wasco County died Oct. 3 after testing positive on Sept. 18. All of the Wasco County deaths were reported as occurring at the residents' homes. It's unclear if any of the decedents shared a residence or were living at a long-term care facility.
In Washington County, an 85-year-old woman tested positive on Oct. 6 and died the next day in her residence. She had underlying conditions and was counted as Oregon's 585th death from COVID-19.
An 88-year-old woman Washington County woman who tested positive on Oct. 2 died on Oct. 7 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
OHA reported a 75-year-old Linn County man who tested positive on May 9 and died on Aug. 26 in his home as the state's 593rd death.
In Lane County, which reported 71 new cases Thursday, an 82-year-old man died on Oct. 7 in his home after testing positive on Sept. 25.
Each of the 11 Oregonians who died had underlying conditions, according to OHA.
Due to a delay in reporting, 40 cases from Thursday's daily case count for Klamath County have been added to case counts for the week ending Oct. 3. Twelve additional cases that were originally reported in a different jurisdiction were transferred to Klamath County. All 52 cases will be added to the week ending Oct. 3 in order to be counted toward the county's school reopening metrics. The delay in reporting resulted from initial uncertainty about the location of the worksite where many of the COVID-19 positive people were employed.
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