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Oregon statewide death toll reaches 532 as national total surpasses 200,000

PMG FILE PHOTO - Within the Sandy area ZIP code of 97055, a total of 71 people have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 as of Sept. 23.Statewide, this week's Oregon Health Authority report shows a decrease in deaths associated with COVID-19, reporting 18 people have died, down from 29 the week before. That said, the number of people who were infected or hospitalized with COVID-19 during the week of Sept. 14-20 increased. New COVID-19 infections rose 17% from the week prior, to 1,511. The number of Oregonians newly tested rose by 8%, to 18,840 and the percentage of tests that were positive rose from 5.6% to 6.2%.

Within the Sandy area ZIP code of 97055, a total of 71 people have reportedly tested positive as of the Sept. 23 weekly report, indicating a growth in positive tests for the area of two. 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 seen steady increases in cases over the past two months.

As of Sept. 23, the 97009 ZIP code had 62 cases, and the 97089 ZIP code had 87. These numbers reflect an increase of one case in 97009 and six cases in 97089 over the course of the week.

Listed among this week's workplace outbreaks was J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. of Boring (within the 97009 ZIP code). The wholesale tree growers reportedly saw an initial outbreak of 10 cases, starting on July 28. The investigation into the outbreak began the following day. According to this week's report, the case number related to this outbreak has risen to 41 cases.

For months, the Welches, Zigzag and Rhododendron communities had no reports of positive cases, and Government Camp has not been included in the weekly reports.

However, as of Aug. 5, both the ZIP codes of 97049 and 97067 began showing an inconclusive report of having 1-10 cases each, and as of this week the 97067 area has reported 13 cases.

"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, 158 cases have been reported from unknown ZIP codes and 568 cases have been reported from ZIP codes with a population of less than 1,000 people or without population data.

In Clackamas County, 59,599 people have been tested. By Sept. 23, 2,203 people tested positive, 57,396 tested negative, 190 have recovered and 61 have died. Subtracting the positive tests from the cases reported, there are 101 presumptive cases. These numbers reflect no new deaths reported in the between Sept. 16-22.

Statewide 641,048 people have been tested, with 31,313 total cases, 29,780 testing positive, 611,268 testing negative, 1,533 presumptive cases, 5,463 recovered and 532 total deaths as of 2 p.m. Sept. 23.


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