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Story by KATU Staff - Story Source
Published on Saturday August 28, 2021 - 1:18 AM
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PORTLAND, Oregon — The Oregon Health Authority reported 3,207 new coronavirus cases on Friday, breaking another record for new daily cases as the pandemic continues.

The previous record was 2,971 new cases, set on August 19.

The newest report brings the state's total to 268,401 cases. Marion and Jackson counties both reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases. Behind that, Lane County reported 298 new COVID-19 cases and Deschutes County reported 296 new cases. Other counties that reported more than 200 new cases include: Multnomah, Washington, and Douglas.

Health officials also reported 20 new virus deaths in the state, raising Oregon's death toll to 3,115. Those who died ranged in ages from 29 to 89 years old.

THURSDAY REPORT | Oregon reports 2,057 new coronavirus cases, 9 more deaths

Hospitalizations across Oregon also rose by 13 compared to Thursday's report. According to the OHA, there are currently 1,098 COVID-19 patients across the state. There are 308 patients in Intensive Care Unit beds, which is nine more than yesterday.

Hospital bed availability continues to shrink. The OHA says, statewide, adult ICU bed availability is down to just 6% and adult non-ICU beds are down to 7% availability...


The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached the U.S. state of Oregon on February 28, 2020. On that day, Governor Kate Brown created a coronavirus response team; on March 8 she declared a state of emergency; and on March 23 she issued a statewide stay-at-home order with class C misdemeanor charges for violators. In April, Oregon joined Washington and California in the Western States Pact, an agreement to coordinate the restarting of economic activity while controlling the outbreak. By the end of June 2020, Governor Brown announced that face masks would be required indoors, effective July 1.

Economic impacts of COVID-19 in Oregon included stock market losses for major companies, reduced airline flights, losses for food and entertainment industries, and closures of libraries and museums.

In early March 2020, universities and K–12 schools closed statewide, and began providing online instruction. Professional and college sports teams cancelled training, games, and tournaments.

By May 14, 2021, 31 of Oregon's 36 counties had met OHA requirements to enter the first phase of a three-phase process to reopen businesses.

As of July 21, 2021, Oregon has administered 4,575,266 COVID-19 vaccine doses, and has fully vaccinated 2,285,052 people, equivalent to 63.6 percent of the population. 66.5% of the state's population has received at least one dose of a vaccine.

On February 28, 2020, the Oregon Health Authority reported the first case of suspected coronavirus in a resident of Washington County who had not traveled to an infected area, likely indicating that the virus had been contracted within the community. Because he was identified as an employee at Forest Hills Elementary School in the Lake Oswego School District in adjacent Clackamas County, the school was closed for three days for deep cleaning. The case was confirmed as coronavirus by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on March 3. On March 1, Oregon confirmed its second case, a household contact of its first case. The employee, later identified as the school building engineer, was treated with Remdesivir and was released from the hospital more than two months later. On March 7, health officials identified four new presumptive positive cases among residents in Jackson, Klamath, and Washington counties. On March 8, the OHA added 7 new presumptive positive cases to Oregon's count. On March 10, the OHA announced Multnomah County's first presumptive positive case, bringing Oregon's total to fifteen cases in seven counties. On March 11, OHA confirmed four new cases, one new case each in Deschutes, Marion, Polk, and Umatilla counties. They later announced Linn County's first two presumptive positive cases.

On March 16, Providence Health Systems, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, and Oregon Health & Science University formed a coalition to set up a regional health system in the state in order to address anticipated need for capacity and coordination to address the outbreak.

Amid coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes, including those run by Avamere, the company donated $20,000 to a PAC tied to Oregon governor Kate Brown.

42-year-old Vladislav V. Drozdek was arrested on March 23 trying to sell stolen N95 hospital masks in Beaverton. The masks were donated to local hospitals.

A study by the Oregon Health Authority found that 1% of subjects had developed COVID-19 antibodies. This is ten times the rate found via conventional testing. Between May 11 and June 15, 897 blood samples were collected. Of those, 9 contained antibodies.