COVID-19 Takes Another Local Life

There were 1,048 new coronavirus cases and six more deaths reported by the Oregon Health Authority on Sunday, Dec. 13. It was the smallest daily count in two weeks and lowest number of deaths in a week. 

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are stabilizing, but remain near record highs. Deaths, however, are increasing at a record rate, with November emerging as the deadliest month so far for the pandemic in Oregon. December isn’t looking much better, though the first batch of vaccines is expected Monday. 

“We will work as quickly as possible to deliver vaccines to the public, starting with frontline health care workers and those who have been hardest hit by COVID-19,” Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement. “Please keep doing your part to keep your family and loved ones safe — wear a mask, stay home when you are sick, and avoid gatherings. Together, we can do this. Hope is on the way.” 

There were 21 new coronavirus cases reported in Benton County Sunday and another 24 in neighboring Linn, where two more deaths were reported, but one death was later corrected and removed from statistics by state officials. Eight people have died from COVID-19 in Benton County, and 27 have died in Linn County. 

Oregon’s 1,152nd death was a 76-year-old Linn County woman who tested positive Dec. 3 after dying Dec. 2. Officials are verifying her location of death and if she had underlying medical conditions. 

By Cody Mann