The Oregon Health Authority on Sunday reported 220 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths.
The number of newly known cases is well below the passing seven-day average of nearly 340 new known infections, but the number of cases reported on Sunday is often among the lowest of the week.
Oregon has been experiencing an increase in infections over the past five weeks and one that new shows Friday said is easy to move on. If delivery continues at its current rate, the state is expected to report nearly 570 new daily cases by November 5.
In fact, an estimated 2,200 Oregonians are infected each day, as most people with the novel coronavirus have not been tested and their cases have not been detected. The projection estimates an almost 70% increase from the current average number of daily infections.
But experts worry the delivery will be worse ̵1; not better – with cooler and wetter weather encouraging people to gather indoors and the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays that combine people this month and next.
In Oregon, daily reports of newly known infections are close to tying all the time the state reached high in late July.
Nationwide, daily new cases have been at their peak since early August. Over the past two weeks, newly known cases have risen 28% and deaths have reached 1%, according to The New York Times tracker. Deaths usually begin to rise a few weeks after infecting people. Often that is the amount of time it takes to start killing the disease.
Where new cases are by province: Benton (3), Clackamas (8), Columbia (4), Coos (4), Deschutes (6), Douglas (2), Jackson (21), Josephine (1), Klamath (2), Lane (33), Lincoln (1), Linn (7), Malheur (2), Marion (33), Morrow (1), Multnomah (58), Polk (2), Umatilla (3), Wallowa (1), Washington (22), at Yamhill (6).
New prison deaths: The Oregon Department of Corrections announced the 15th inmate died from COVID-19. The inmate, who is being held by prison officials, was between 55 and 65 years old and died Saturday at an unknown hospital.
He was imprisoned at the Snake River Correctional Institution in the eastern Oregon community of Ontario. His death was not yet included in the reported state death toll.
In all, 1,192 inmates and 285 prison employees were infected with the virus.
In the hospital: The state does not update statistics on hospitalizations over the weekend. But as of Friday, 149 patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were in the hospital. Of those, 34 are in intensive care units and 13 of them are in ventilators.
The state reports that hospitals in Oregon are capable of caring for hundreds more COVID-19 patients.
Since it started: There are 39,532 identified cases of disease in Oregon so far. Currently, an average of three Oregonians are reported to die from COVID-19 per day. The death toll of 620 remained unchanged on Sunday.
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– Aimee Green; [email protected]; @o_aimee