Sandy area gains two new COVID-19 cases
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Weekly Report released today, July 22, shows a slight increase of cases in the Sandy area (97055 ZIP code). In the week of July 13-19, when the new data was retrieved, two more people in 97055 have tested positive for COVID-19.
The OHA noted that statewide the recent COVID-19 resurgence continued during the week from July 13-19.
"Over that week, there were 2,409 new cases of COVID-19, a 26% increase from the previous week," the report said. "The percentage of tests positive increased again to 6.6% from 6.2%. Hospitalizations have increased since the beginning of June but recent daily admissions of 15–20 are still below earlier peaks in March and April of 20–25 per day despite reported daily case counts more than three times as high. These circumstances are probably due principally to: 1) detection and reporting of a higher proportion of all infections that occur (more widespread testing; testing of asymptomatic contacts of known cases); and 2) actual increases in underlying rates of infection among younger people who are at lower risk of hospitalization than are those in older age groups. ICU bed usage remains well under capacity statewide."
Within the 97055 ZIP code, a total of 26 people have reportedly tested positive as of the July 22 weekly report. The 97055 ZIP code consists of Sandy and the unincorporated Cherryville area. To date, the OHA has not released information noting how many people have recovered at the ZIP code level.
The ZIP codes that contain parts of unincorporated communities Boring, Eagle Creek, Damascus, Barton and Carver — 97009 and 97089 — have had inconclusive reports, with weeks where the OHA reported the areas to have 1-9 cases. As of July 22, however, the 97009 ZIP code had 19 cases or 24.5 cases per capita, and the 97089 ZIP code had 29 cases or 24.2 cases per capita. These numbers reflect an increase in three cases in 97009 and six cases in 97089 over the course of the week.
Thus far, the Welches, Zigzag and Rhododendron communities have yet to report any positive cases, and Government Camp has not been included in the weekly reports.
"In order to protect patient privacy, ZIP codes with small populations or small numbers of cases will be aggregated," the OHA weekly report said. "Cases from ZIP codes with less than 1,000 people will be reported as one number."
To date, 146 cases have been reported from unknown ZIP codes and 96 cases have been reported from ZIP codes with a population of less than 1,000 people or without population data.
In Clackamas County, 33,756 people have been tested. By July 22, 1,127 people tested positive, 32,629 tested negative and 30 have died. These numbers reflect 27.9 cases per capita in the county and four new deaths reported in the week of July 13-19.
Statewide 351,987 people have been tested, with 15,393 total cases, 14,586 testing positive, 337,401 testing negative, 807 presumptive cases and 271 total deaths as of 3 p.m. July 22.
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