The Oregon Health Authority on Monday reported 1,314 new confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases and seven new deaths.
Patrick Allen, director of the agency, said cases have been growing at alarming speed.
“COVID-19 is spreading faster in all parts of Oregon,” he said in a statement. “It took six months before 25,000 Oregonians became sick with COVID-19 and two months more until we reached 50,000 total COVID-19 infections in Oregon. Most recently, it took three weeks to go from 50,000 cases to 75,000 and this weekend we crossed 900 total deaths.”
Hospitalizations continued to rise as well, officials said, with the total increasing to 584 patients, 45 more than Sunday.
November has been the deadliest month in Oregon since the pandemic began with nearly 200 of the state’s deaths reported this month, more than 20 percent of all fatalities to the disease.
Allen reiterated that, with several experimental vaccines showing promising results in trials, common-sense measures like wearing a mask, limiting the size of gatherings and practicing good hand hygiene could prevent more deaths before effective vaccines become widely available.
“We can keep more people from getting sick and dying, if we stay true to science-based mask-wearing and social distancing. With the bright promise of vaccines coming on the horizon, we can’t give up,” Allen said.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (2), Benton (9), Clackamas (228), Clatsop (1), Columbia (14), Coos (4), Crook (4), Curry (2), Deschutes (54), Douglas (33), Harney (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (54), Jefferson (9), Josephine (20), Klamath (1), Lake (1), Lane (62), Lincoln (3), Linn (16), Malheur (2), Marion (167), Morrow (1), Multnomah (320), Polk (26), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (40), Union (6), Wasco (2), Washington (202) and Yamhill (27).
New deaths: The 906th fatality is a 64-year-old Lane County man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive Oct. 28 and died Nov. 28 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend.
The 907th fatality is a 67-year-old Marion County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 5 and died Nov. 27 at Salem Hospital.
The 908th fatality is an 85-year-old Marion County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Nov. 19 and died Nov. 28 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center.
The 909th fatality is a 48-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 22 and died Nov. 25 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
The 910th fatality is an 83-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 17 and died Nov. 25 at his residence.
The 911th fatality is a 78-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 5 and died Nov. 19 at Adventist Hospital.
The 912th fatality is a 58-year-old Washington County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Oct. 31 and died Nov. 25 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
Who got infected: New confirmed or presumed infections since Friday grew among the following age groups: 0-9 (189); 10-19 (447); 20-29 (965); 30-39 (827); 40-49 (696); 50-59 (579); 60-69 (417); 70-79 (250); 80 and older (221).
Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 584 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were currently in the hospital Monday. Of those, 117 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, an increase of 10 over Sunday’s count.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 75,431 confirmed or presumed infections and 912 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, the state has reported 1,979,794 total tests.
— Kale Williams; firstname.lastname@example.org; 503-294-4048; @sfkale