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Weekly report from OHA shows decrease in new cases of 4% after recent pandemic high

PMG FILE PHOTO - The OHA reported that, as of this week, the 97055 ZIP code has had 91 people test positive for COVID-19 to date.Statewide, this week's Oregon Health Authority report shows a decrease in COVID-19 case counts. That said, the number of people who died during the week of Oct. 12-18 increased from 25 to 27 and the OHA also reported an increase in the number of people, as well as those who tested positive, which was 6.5%.

Within the Sandy area ZIP code of 97055, a total of 91 people have reportedly tested positive as of the Oct. 21 weekly report, indicating a growth in positive tests for the area of three. The week previous, the area saw a larger rise of 10 cases, after months of minimal weekly increases.

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 months.

As of Oct. 21, the 97009 ZIP code had 81 cases, and the 97089 ZIP code had 121 cases. These numbers reflect an increase of 11 cases in 97009 and six cases in 97089 over the course of the week. So far in October, both of these areas have had multiple large jumps in case numbers compared to earlier in the pandemic.

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 57 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 14 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, 277 cases have been reported from unknown ZIP codes and 576 cases have been reported from ZIP codes with a population of less than 1,000 people or without population data.

In Clackamas County, 75,162 people have been tested. By Oct. 21, 2,848 people tested positive, 72,314 tested negative and 65 have died. Subtracting the positive tests from the cases reported, there are 142 presumptive cases.

Statewide 797,898 people have been tested, with 40,443 total cases, 38,406 testing positive, 759,492 testing negative, 2,037 presumptive cases and 635 total deaths as of Oct. 21.


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