Sandy, Boring communities see double digit COVID-19 case increases
Sandy saw a double-digit increase in COVID-19 cases between July 22 and July 29. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Weekly Report released July 29 shows 18 more people in ZIP code 97055 tested positive for COVID-19.
The OHA noted that statewide, the recent COVID-19 resurgence continued during the week of July 20-26.
"During the week of July 20–26, 42,452 people were tested for COVID-19 in Oregon, and 5.1% of them had a positive result. Not all positive tests represent new cases; some are from specimens collected from people who had already been counted as presumptive cases," the report said. "The number includes tests done at all locations, including commercial non-hospital-based laboratories, hospital laboratories and Oregon State Public Health Laboratory. The percentage of tests positive decreased from 6.6% to 5.1%. Hospitalizations have increased since the beginning of June, but recent daily admissions of 21 to 24 are similar to the peaks of 20 to 25 per day seen in March and April. In recent weeks, rates of infection have increased among younger people who are at lower risk of hospitalization than are those in older age groups (Figure 5). ICU bed usage remains well under capacity statewide."
Within the 97055 ZIP code, a total of 44 people have reportedly tested positive as of the July 29 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 between one and nine cases. As of July 29, however, the 97009 ZIP code had 30 cases, or 38.6 cases per capita, and the 97089 ZIP code had 36 cases or 30 cases per capita. These numbers reflect an increase of 11 cases in 97009 and seven 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, 141 cases have been reported from unknown ZIP codes and 111 cases have been reported from ZIP codes with a population of less than 1,000 people or without population data.
In Clackamas County, 37,864 people have been tested. By July 29, 1,256 people tested positive, 36,608 tested negative and 36 have died. These numbers reflect 31.2 cases per capita in the county and four new deaths reported in the week of July 20-26.
Statewide, 393,249 people have been tested, with 17,721 total cases, 16,815 testing positive, 376,434 testing negative, 906 presumptive cases and 311 total deaths as of 3 p.m. July 29.
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