Oregon loses youngest COVID-19 victim to date; 33 new cases
A 36-year-old Multnomah County woman died of COVID-19 this past weekend, the youngest known fatality yet in Oregon from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Oregon Health Authority said the woman died Sunday, May 31, at Adventist Hospital. She tested positive for the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, the same day.
Oregon's death toll has risen to 157 with the updated numbers on Tuesday, June 2.
A 66-year-old woman in Multnomah County and an 81-year-old woman in Washington County were also counted as part of COVID-19's growing death toll. Both of them died at home late last month, and both first tested positive for the coronavirus in early April.
All three of the newest reported victims had underlying medical conditions, according to the OHA.
Oregon has seen 4,335 confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 so far, and it has tested more than 134,000 people. The positive test rate is 3.1%, lower than the national average.
New cases were reported Tuesday in nine counties. Multnomah County added 10 cases to its tally, Marion County added eight, and both Washington and Hood River counties added four.
Lincoln and Wasco counties each saw two new cases. Benton, Linn and Umatilla counties added one apiece.
All Oregon counties but Multnomah County have been given the go-ahead to partially reopen under "Phase 1" of a plan developed by state authorities. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown cautioned last month that case counts are expected to rise as businesses and public buildings open back up and people begin to gather in larger numbers.
Additionally, demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last week have turned out thousands of people onto the streets of Portland and Eugene, along with smaller rallies and marches in cities like Beaverton, Hermiston and Medford. Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. surgeon general, warned Monday, June 1, that mass gatherings to protest Floyd's death and police brutality will likely result in new COVID-19 outbreaks.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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