The Oregon Health Authority announced 251 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, along with nine new deaths.
The new cases came when Gov. Kate Brown announced she would require all schools to return to personal education over the next month and a half.
Brown told a news conference that he would order the Oregon Department of Health and the Department of Education to review guidelines on how schools should operate during the March 1
Areas that do not meet Brown’s deadlines risk losing some government funding. But Brown Boyle’s spokesman, Charles Boyle, told The Oregonian / OregonLive that the governor did not believe this would happen based on conversations she had with local leaders.
Virtual learning will still be an option for students, but areas should by default offer either complete personal instruction or a hybrid model based on the infection rate in the community, Brown said.
When the new cases are in the county: Baker (7), Benton (5), Clackamas (17), Clatsop (1), Coos (31), Crook (1), Curry (5), Deschutes (15), Douglas (24), Grant (3), Jackson (29), Jefferson (1), Josephine (7), Klamath (4), Lake (1), Lane (14), Lynn (4), Mulcher (4), Marion (22), Multnoma (13), Regiment (10), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (10), Union (2), Wallowa (1), Washington (15) and Yamhill (1).
Who died: The 2285th death of COVID-19 was a 77-year-old woman from Deschutes County who received a positive result on December 25 and died on January 20 at her residence.
The 2286th death of COVID-19 was an 88-year-old woman from Deshuts County who died on January 24 at her residence.
The 2287th death of COVID-19 was an 82-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on January 28 and died on March 3 at the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.
The 2288th death of COVID-19 is an 80-year-old man in Jackson County who received a positive test on January 27 and died on February 26 at his residence.
The 2289th death of COVID-19 was a 64-year-old woman from Josephine County who received a positive result on December 22 and died on February 19 at Stanford Health.
The 2290th death of COVID-19 was a 95-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on February 19 and died on February 27 at his residence.
The 2291st death of COVID-19 was an 88-year-old woman from Lane County who received positive results on December 23 and died on December 29 at her residence.
The 2292nd death of COVID-19 was an 84-year-old woman from Polk County who died on January 27 at her residence.
The 2293rd death of COVID-19 was an 81-year-old woman from Washington County who tested positive on December 31 and died on January 10 at her residence.
Unless noted above, any person who died suffered from a medical condition or government officials worked to determine if the person had a basic medical condition.
Spread of infections: On Friday, the state announced 827 new cases out of 52,906 tests performed. This is a degree of positivity of 1.5%.
Who got infected: New or suspected infections increase among the following age groups: 0-9 (14); 10-19 (30); 20-29 (44); 30-39 (34); 40-49 (13); 50-59 (37); 60-69 (31); 70-79 (15); 80 and more (2).
Who is in the hospital: As of Friday, 132 patients had been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state, eight fewer than the day before. There were 30 patients with the virus in the intensive care unit, one more than Thursday.
Vaccines administered: The state said 38,632 new doses of vaccine had been added to its immunization registry as of Friday. Of these, a total of 22,438 doses were administered on Thursday and 16,194 were administered in previous days, but were entered in the register on Thursday. Oregon currently administered 1,082,241 doses of first and second vaccines, about 80% of the total.
Since it started: Oregon has 156,884 confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 and 2,293 deaths since the onset of the pandemic, one of the lowest levels of positivity in the country. The state reported administering 3,850,973 tests.
—Jayati Ramakrishnan; 503-221-4320; firstname.lastname@example.org; @JRamakrishnanOR
Eder Campuzano of The Oregonian / OregonLive contributed to this report.