The recent spike of coronavirus cases in Oregon hit another crescendo Thursday when the Oregon Health Authority reported 575 new positive and presumptive cases while also announcing that two more Oregon residents had died in relation to the disease.
The 575 cases in one day had been the most in a single day since the health authority began reporting statistical data on COVID-19. Thursday’s report trumped the report from last Friday, when 550 cases were announced.
The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team announced five new positive and presumptive cases in its Thursday report. One of the new positive cases was a prior presumptive which had been confirmed, raising the county’s total to 369 since the start of the pandemic.
Two county residents were receiving medical care due to the coronavirus, both at local facilities, but Douglas County has seen a spike in the number of residents in quarantine.
The county response team announced Thursday that there were 335 residents in quarantine, in addition to 52 being cared for in isolation. While those in quarantine are considered contacts of patients who have tested positive, the number of quarantined residents has nearly doubled in a week as the DCCRT reported 179 such cases in its Oct. 22 report.
The state’s two deaths — a 96-year-old Multnomah County woman and a 94-year-old Marion County woman — raised the death toll in Oregon to 673. Both women reportedly had underlying health conditions.
The state’s largest clusters of new confirmed cases continue to be in the Portland and Salem metropolitan areas. There were 272 new cases reported from Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Columbia counties, with Washington County also reporting its highest single-day total with 107.
In the Salem-area counties of Marion, Polk, Yamhill and Linn, there were 96 cases.
In Southern Oregon, Jackson County reported 54, while neighboring Josephine County had one.
As cold and flu season draws near, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team continues to emphasize vigilance among residents to protect not only themselves, but their neighbors as well.
“We know we sound like a broken record, but our primary focus is to do everything we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents,” the team said in Thursday’s report.
“We know that fall and winter holidays are just around the corner and that means it is time to plan for festive holiday activities, but while it may be hard, it really is important that you consider alternative options to social gatherings this year.”
The county hosted a drive-thru testing clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Douglas Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer provided a presentation on the Douglas Public Health Network’s Facebook page at 4 p.m. Friday.