Weekly COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations hit record highs


OHA reported nearly 1,100 cases in the past 24 hours

The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 weekly report released today set pandemic highs for daily cases and hospitalizations. OHA reported 6,491 new daily cases during the week of Monday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 15, a 25 percent increase over the previous record-high week.

The percentage of positive tests for COVD-19 increased to 12.5 percent from 11.9 percent, even with an increase in the number of people tested. Weekly hospitalizations from COVID-19 rose to 291, the highest yet reported in the pandemic.

Today (Nov. 18), the OHA reported 1,099 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the state total to 59,669. Locally, Lane County had another new single-day record with 115 confirmed cases. Other county cases included:

Baker (9), Benton(13), Clackamas (82), Clatsop (4), Columbia (6), Coos (5), Crook (6), Curry (3), Deschutes (40), Douglas (33), Gilliam (2), Grant (6), Harney (3), Hood River (11), Jackson (108), Jefferson (15), Josephine (20), Lake (8), Lane (115), Lincoln (5), Linn (30), Malheur (33), Marion (84), Morrow (2), Multnomah (210), Polk (9), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (29), Union (3), Wasco (4), Washington (171) and Yamhill (26).

There were fewer deaths (31) associated with COVID-19 than the previous week’s record high of 42. However, people aged 20 to 49 accounted for more than half the cases at 51 percent, while people age 70 and older accounted for 75 percent of deaths.

Oregon’s 788th COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Oct. 22 and died on Nov.17, at McKenzie Willamette Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

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