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Weekly report from OHA shows statewide increase in new cases of 34%, accounting for new record high in Oregon

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Sandy area ZIP code of 97055 has seen 118 cases of COVID-19 now since the beginning of the pandemic. This week's Sandy area increase in COVID-19 cases was one of the larger weekly increases since the pandemic began. This news comes after what the Oregon Health Authority is calling the second consecutive week of daily case counts to set a record high for the pandemic.

"During the week of Monday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 1, OHA recorded 3,542 new cases of COVID-19 infection — up 34% from last week's tally of 2,642," the report says. "The number of newly tested Oregonians rose to 34,591 and the percentage of positive tests rose sharply to 8.4%. Thirty-seven Oregonians were reported to have died in association with COVID-19 — compared to 27 the previous week and 160 were hospitalized."

"People aged 20 to 49 accounted for the largest percentage of infection at 56%, despite accounting for 39% of the total population. Persons under 30 accounted for 38% of the cases. People over 80 accounted for 50% of COVID-19 associated deaths and people over 70 accounted for 74% of deaths associated with the illness. Schools are not major drivers of COVID-19 spread across Oregon. Cases are appearing at schools because there is more community spread. This week's report reflects the statewide trend of sharply rising cases, with 13 schools providing in-school instruction that had at least one case in a student or staff/volunteer that attended or worked during their infectious or exposure period."

Within the Sandy area ZIP code of 97055, a total of 118 people have reportedly tested positive as of the Nov. 4 weekly report, indicating a growth in positive tests for the area of 23.

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, with more substantial upticks in recent weeks.

As of Nov. 4, the 97009 ZIP code had 99 cases, and the 97089 ZIP code had 138 cases. These numbers reflect an increase of 5 cases in 97009 and nine cases in 97089 over the course of the week. In October, both of these areas had multiple large jumps in case number compared to earlier in the pandemic.

Listed again 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 63 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, 360 cases have been reported from unknown ZIP codes and 689 cases have been reported from ZIP codes with a population of less than 1,000 people or without population data.

In Clackamas County, 82,822 people have been tested. By Nov. 4, 3,419 people tested positive, 79,403 tested negative and 69 have died. Subtracting the positive tests from the cases reported, there are 168 presumptive cases.

Statewide 880,531 people have been tested, with 47,049 total cases, 44,626 testing positive, 835,905 testing negative, 2,423 presumptive cases and 705 total deaths as of Nov. 4.

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