Live Updates: Oregon Reports Daily Record In New COVID-19 Infections – OPB News

Oregon hit a troubling milestone Thursday in the coronavirus pandemic, as the number of confirmed or presumptive positive cases reached 437 — a record tally for a single day since the virus first was confirmed in the state more than four months ago. Two people also died of COVID-19.

State health officials warned that there’s a risk of still more rapid growth. The percentage of tests coming back positive has gone up, to 6.2 percent, and in about half of all new cases investigators can’t explain how the infected person was exposed to COVID-19.

The Oregon Authority said that the more densely-populated Portland area is again driving the rise in case numbers, with more than 200 cases across Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

Known hot spots away from Portland are also pushing numbers up, with Marion County reporting 53 cases and Umatilla County reporting the most cases outside the Willamette Valley, with 50.

OHA officials said the outbreaks are occurring “when people get together to celebrate with family and friends,” including at graduations, birthdays, weddings and holidays.

State officials said both coronavirus-related deaths Thursday were in Malheur County, in Oregon’s southeastern corner. One was a 97-year-old man who died yesterday after testing positive on June 29. The other was a 58-year-old woman who died July 13 after testing positive a week before.

Officials continue to urge people to wear masks, limit the size of gatherings, keep a distance from each other and “find alternative ways for those who are vulnerable to participate” at events.

Related: COVID-19 In Oregon: By The Numbers

New Oregon COVID-19 Cases By ZIP Code

This map shows new cases of COVID-19 in each ZIP code in Oregon. ZIP codes are colored by the number of cases per 10,000 residents. ZIPs are shaded to show contrast; rates in Oregon remain lower than most of the U.S.

Washington at more than 44,000 COVID-19 cases officials in Clark County, Washington, reported 46 new coronavirus cases Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 1,390. Public health officials have reported 33 deaths in the county in southwest Washington since the onset of the pandemic.

According to the latest available data, Washington has 44,313  confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,427 known deaths. As of Wednesday, coronavirus has led to the hospitalization of 4,944 people in Washington.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has warned that if case numbers don’t improve, he may have to start shutting down the economy again. Counties throughout the state will have to remain in their current phase of reopening until at least July 28.

Oregon families, school staff express concerns about return to in-person learning

When the coronavirus closed schools statewide, parents, students and school employees all had a difficult adjustment. What started as “supplemental” learning became “Distance Learning For All,” and for some, academics took a back seat to more essential needs like staying healthy and keeping food on the table. Expectations fell off, as schools dropped letter grades and judged students on a pass/incomplete basis.

In survey responses collected by OPB in the spring, parents shared their concerns: that students may fall further behind, student mental health and well-being could decline, and that distance learning was simultaneously too challenging for some and too easy for others.

While everyone may want a return to normalcy this fall, that’s not going to happen. There are health and safety guidelines to follow. Schools that open will do so with smaller groups of students. And a lot of families say they feel more comfortable staying at home, learning remotely.

Read more: Oregon Families And School Staff Express Concern For Return To School

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