Oregon sees record-breaking number of new COVID cases
Oregon saw its highest single-day count of new COVID-19 cases on Thursday with 484 new confirmed and presumptive cases. The record-breaking day follows what has been a steady increase in daily cases over the past several weeks. The state also announced 11 new deaths from COVID on Thursday.
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The Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) COVID-19 Weekly Report released on Wednesday found a 3% increase in new cases for the week of September 28 – October 4 compared to the previous week. This represents the highest weekly total in 8 weeks, reads the report. The latest data also shows a slight increase in the percentage of positive tests.
“This increase in cases has reversed the progress we made in late summer,” Deputy State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Jeanne said. “This most recent increase in cases is yet another indication of COVID-19 in our community.”
The state says a large workplace outbreak in Klamath County, which accounted for 59 cases, contributed to Thursday’s high case count.
During a media briefing, Jeanne said most cases in Oregon continue to be traced to outbreaks in workplaces, long-term care facilities, and social gatherings.
Jeanne’s comments coincide with findings from a recent survey conducted by DHM Research. The survey, which polled about 1,000 Oregonians, found that most respondents were taking personal precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Over 8 in 10 individuals reported wearing masks nearly all the time while in public indoor spaces and 67% said they avoid crowded places.
However, Oregonians are not as cautious when it comes to attending gatherings. Nearly half of respondents reported attending a social gathering with four or people during the previous 2 weeks and 20% said they have attended a gathering of more than 10 people in recent weeks.
“These results show that nearly all Oregonians understand it’s important to wear a mask. But fewer Oregonians believe they’re at risk of getting sick and too many people are socializing indoors in bigger groups,” said Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen. “It’s hard to sustain the changes we’ve all had to make in our lives to keep ourselves and others safe from COVID-19. But we won’t be able to prevent more infections, and get more schools and businesses open in Oregon, until more people act with urgency and avoid the social super-spreader gatherings that have driven COVID-19 transmission and disease in Oregon.”