The Oregon Health Authority announced 388 new suspected or confirmed cases and three new deaths related to COVID-19 on Saturday, a decline in previous day’s cases but in line with the overall rise in infections that public health officials say may jump in the coming hours weeks.
The three COVID deaths reported on Saturday totaled 620. There are currently 39,316 known cases of the disease in Oregon.
A new state model released Friday shows that if the show continues at its current rate, the number of cases in Oregon is expected to jump from an average of about 345 a day to 570 through Nov. 5. But as most cases remain undetected, public health officials estimate the actual number of infections would be around 2,200.
If the transmission rate increases, officials say the number of new cases reported daily could reach 740, or a total of 3,400.
Dr. Dean Sidlinger, a state epidemiologist and public health official, called on Oregonians to take serious measures such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and gathering in small groups.
“The virus is highly contagious, and as time turns and we focus indoors, it will be more important than ever to take preventative measures,”
Sidelinger and other officials warned against holding Halloween parties in person or misleading them, although public health officials stopped advising against holding gatherings with extended family or friends during the holidays. Officials say they “know there is fatigue” among the public as the pandemic spreads to the eighth month.
When the new cases are in the county: Baker (1), Benton (2), Clacamas (30), Colombia (4), Coos (5), Crook (5), Deschuthes (13), Douglas (7), Jackson (24), Josephine (2), Klamath (1), Lane (48), Linn (8), Malheur (13), Marion (49), Morrow (1), Multnomah (95), Polk (8), Umatilla (13), Union (1), Wallowa (1), Wasco (1), Washington (50) and Yamhill (6).
The 618th death was an 83-year-old man from Multnoma County with basic conditions. He tested positive on Oct. 3 and died on Oct. 9 at Portland Adventist Medical Center.
The 619th fatal death was an 83-year-old woman from Valois County with a major illness. She tested positive on September 14 and died at home on September 29.
The 620th death was a 92-year-old man from Marion County who had underlying conditions. He tested positive on October 3 and died at home on October 16.
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