Benton County Up to 845 COVID-19 Cases

As of 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 2, 18 more Oregon citizens have died from COVID-19 and 1,244 new confirmed and presumptive cases have been reported by the Oregon Health Authority. The total death toll is 953 lives, and the new case total is 78,160. 

Of the 18 people who died from the novel coronavirus, only 17 people had underlying conditions. They ranged in age from 57-98. One woman in Multnomah County tested positive and died in the hospital on Thanksgiving Day, as well as man in Clackamas County who had tested positive on Nov. 6.   

The weekly report from Oregon Health Authority shows weekly highs for cases of the virus and hospitalizations for the second week in a row, and there was a 5% increase since the previous week in new daily cases from Monday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 29.  

It also shows that though 55% of coronavirus cases are in people ages 20-49, 74% of deaths are of those 70 and older. 

Though the general trend is falling, Benton County itself has 28 confirmed and presumptive cases. At times there is a discrepancy between the official numbers for Benton County from OHA and the same numbers that Benton County reports. This is because Benton County only reports confirmed cases, not presumptive ones.  

The statewide testing framework will be adopted by OHA. The new framework will be based on the risk levels of COVID-19 spread – low, moderate, high, and extreme. From this point on, only test results will be counted rather than the number of people tested. OHA’s dashboard will be changed to reflect this shift. 

New confirmed and presumptive cases were reported in: Baker (5), Benton (28), Clackamas (128), Clatsop (5), Columbia (13), Coos (10), Crook (4), Curry (3), Deschutes (30), Douglas (12), Grant (1), Harney (2), Hood River (16), Jackson (65), Jefferson (12), Josephine (11), Klamath (16), Lake (5), Lane (69), Lincoln (19), Linn (29), Malheur (26), Marion (122), Morrow (7), Multnomah (282), Polk (26), Tillamook (7), Umatilla (61), Union (12), Wallowa (1), Wasco (4), Washington (184), Wheeler (1) and Yamhill (28).  

By: Hannah Ramsey