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The 97055 ZIP code sees largest gain in cases in week leading up to the new 'two-week freeze'

This past week, the Sandy area saw its largest weekly increase in COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The OHA's weekly report also showed the 97055 ZIP code case count to date increased from 157 cases to 209 cases over the past week. This indicates a growth in positive tests for the area of 52.

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.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority has been reporting increasingly record-breaking case counts on a weekly basis for the past month. Wednesday, Nov. 16, the OHA reported yet another daily case count of more than 1,000 cases.

"OHA reported 6,491 new daily cases during the week of Monday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Nov. 15, a 25% increase over the previous record-high week," the report says. "The percentage of positive tests for COVD-19 increased to 12.5% from 11.9%, even with an increase in the number of people tested. Weekly hospitalizations from COVID-19 rose to 291, the highest yet reported in the pandemic. There were fewer deaths, 31, associated with COVID-19 than the previous week's record high of 42. People aged 20 to 49 accounted for 51% of the cases, while people 70 and older accounted for 75% of deaths."

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. 18, the 97009 ZIP code had 129 cases, and the 97089 ZIP code had 174 cases. These numbers reflect an increase of 19 cases in 97009 and 15 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. 18, the area of 97049 has reported 16 cases and the 97067 area has reported 18 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, 598 cases have been reported from unknown ZIP codes and 850 cases have been reported from ZIP codes with a population of less than 1,000 people or without population data.

In Clackamas County, 92,377 people have been tested. By Nov. 18, 4,600 people tested positive, 87,777 tested negative and 75 have died. Subtracting the positive tests from the cases reported, there are 223 presumptive cases.

Statewide 973,924 people have been tested, with 59,669 total cases, 56,743 testing positive, 917,181 testing negative, 2,926 presumptive cases and 746 total deaths as of Nov. 18.

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