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Weekly report from OHA shows statewide increase in new cases, people tested, people who have died from COVID-19

Once again, this week's Sandy area increase in COVID-19 cases was one of the larger weekly increases — if not the largest increase — since the pandemic began. This news comes after what the Oregon Health Authority is calling the third consecutive week of daily case counts to set a record high for the pandemic.

Thursday, Nov. 12, the state set another record of cases reported in a single day with 1,122 new confirmed cases.

"During the week of Nov. 2-8, OHA recorded 5,177 new cases of COVID-19 infection — up 46% from last week's tally of 3,542," the report says. "The number of newly tested Oregonians rose to 34,307 and the percentage of positive tests rose sharply to 11.9%. Forty-two Oregonians were reported to have died in association with COVID-19 — compared to 37 the previous week and 212 were hospitalized."

"People aged 20 to 49 accounted for the largest percentage of infection at 55%, despite accounting for 39% of the total population. Persons under 30 accounted for 37% of the cases. People over 80 accounted for 51% of COVID-19 associated deaths and people over 70 accounted for 74% of deaths associated with the illness."

Within the Sandy area ZIP code of 97055, a total of 157 people have reportedly tested positive as of the Nov. 12 weekly report, indicating a growth in positive tests for the area of 39.

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. 12, the 97009 ZIP code had 110 cases, and the 97089 ZIP code had 159 cases. These numbers reflect an increase of 11 cases in 97009 and 21 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 64 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.

As of Nov. 12, the area of 97049 has reported 11 cases and the 97067 area has reported 15 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, 444 cases have been reported from unknown ZIP codes and 763 cases have been reported from ZIP codes with a population of less than 1,000 people or without population data.

In Clackamas County, 88,227 people have been tested. By Nov. 12, 4,063 people tested positive, 84,164 tested negative and 72 have died. Subtracting the positive tests from the cases reported, there are 203 presumptive cases.

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