An 86-year-old Benton County man was the 1,045th person to die of COVID-19 in Oregon. He had underlying conditions and tested positive on Dec. 1.
Linn County had deaths number 1,036 and 1,037 – a 77-year-old woman and a 93-year-old woman respectively. Oregon Health Authority is looking into whether either lady had underlying conditions. They were diagnosed Nov. 20 and Nov. 17.
Adding 1,331 confirmed and presumptive cases to the total, we had 85,788 cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, but that number will continue to go up as we wait for a vaccine and “herd immunity” to kick in.
Linn and Benton Counties are maintaining a lower count compared to more populous places like Multnomah County – fewer than 1,000 cases in Benton and fewer than 2,000 in Linn.
Percentage-wise, Malheur and Umatilla Counties still lead in total cases – just under 8,000 per 100,000 and just under 6,000 per 100,000 respectively. Multnomah County has the largest death toll with 275 people lost.
Statewide, just over 5,000 of those sick with the coronavirus are currently hospitalized.
The Advocate strongly encourages everyone to wear masks when they are outside of their homes, to maintain social distance, and to wash their hands as often as possible.
By Sally K Lehman