By the numbers: 64 new COVID-19 cases; 2 deaths
More than 1,100 people in Oregon have contracted or are currently fighting COVID-19 and 29 of them have died.
The latest information released from the Oregon Health Authority on Monday, April 6, shows 64 new confirmed cases have been recorded, bringing the state's total to 1,132.
Since the last data was released, a 93-year-old man in Washington County and a 70-year-old woman in Marion County have succumbed to the disease. Both were reported to have underlying medical conditions.
The Washington County resident tested positive on March 30 and died April 4, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, the Health Authority reported. The 70-year-old woman in Marion County tested positive on April 1 and died the next day at her home.
New data tools and tracking
Since the state began tracking COVID-19 cases, Oregon health officials have slowly started releasing more data related to the state's cases and supplies of medical equipment and protective wear.
Last Friday, the state indicated in a situation and status report that 140 ventilators had been requested and received in a federal shipment. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown quickly diverted all of those 140 ventilators to New York, which has the highest number of cases in the United States. The state now reports 733 ventilators are available.
On Monday, the Health Authority rolled out a new digital dashboard, which charts the state's cases on a week-by-week basis.
The cases are tracked from the date a patient reports the onset of symptoms.
Of the 1,132 cases reported since late February, 404 patients were hospitalized. An additional 623 were not hospitalized; it's unknown whether the other 105 ever made it to a hospital.
To date, 21,801 people have been tested.
The bulk of Oregon's cases have emerged in Washington, Marion and Multnomah counties, respectively. During a call with reporters Monday, state health officials said they were looking into options for more detailed case location reporting by ZIP code, but need to make sure any information released doesn't compromise patient privacy.
As it unveils new ways to capture and report data, Oregon officials say they're also trying to correct reporting errors.
"A case reported yesterday as a Yamhill County case was later determined to be a Washington County case," the Health Authority noted Monday. "The total number of new cases in Washington County is 12 to reflect this change. However, the case that moved from Yamhill County to Washington County is not reflected in the total of new cases statewide for today."
The new COVID-19 cases reported Monday are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (6), Columbia (2), Curry (2), Deschutes (1), Douglas (1), Jackson (6), Josephine (3), Klamath (3), Lane (2), Linn (1), Marion (11), Multnomah (10), Polk (2), Umatilla (1), Washington (12).
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