The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported eight new confirmed tests for the coronavirus in its Friday report, raising the total number of cases in the county to 436.
Six area residents are presently receiving hospital care. In addition, there were 80 county residents in isolation and another 381 in quarantine.
With this weekend marking the return of college football in Oregon, the COVID-19 Response team offered strong advice for football fans.
“Amid the current rash of COVID cases in Oregon, the much anticipated return of PAC-12 football this weekend means a chance for fans to finally cheer for their favorite Oregon team, but also an increase in possible social gatherings (parties), and the likelihood that we could see another run on COVID cases,” according to Friday’s press release. County officials urged fans to be responsible in how they gather to watch college football: keep gatherings small, and make sure have a safe watching distance when at a local restaurant or bar.
“As our local businesses have been hit hard already this year, don’t be the reason the authorities sideline your favorite restaurant or bar for the remainder of the season,” according to the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team.
Friday’s report from the Oregon Health Authority continued to bring an increased number of cases of COVID-19 across Oregon.
The OHA reported 770 new positive and presumptive cases of COVID-19, raising the total number of cases in Oregon to 48,608.
Six deaths were also reported, raising the state’s death toll to 716. The youngest was a 59-year-old Multnomah County woman, while four of the remaining five were ages 82 or older.
Among the state’s major metropolitan areas, the four counties which make up the Portland area accounted for 338 new cases. There were 127 new cases in the Salem area. Jackson County reported 83 new positive or presumptive tests, Lane County 40 and Deschutes County 38.
Since Sunday alone, the Oregon Health Authority has reported 3,748 cases, an average of nearly 625 cases per day.