Oregon Coronavirus Outbreak Update: Death Toll Hits 204

Two new deaths were reported over in Oregon, appending the numbers of people who have died to the new coronavirus to 204. The latest casualty count was reported by the Oregon Health Authority on Monday. Aside from the two new deaths, there were also 146 new and presumptive cases, raising the number to 8,645.

Based on the latest breakdown from Fox 12, the highest number of cases was at Multnomah (29), Washington (27) and Clackamas (18). Not far behind are Umatilla (15) and Marion (14).

Concerning the two new deaths, the Oregon Health Authority revealed that both had underlying medical conditions. The two latest deaths were from Marion County. One was an 84-year-old woman who tested positive last June 18 and passed away on June 27. The other fatality was a 72-year-old man. He tested positive on June 17 and died on June 27.

To get more accurate numbers, health authorities revealed that they will be using a new method in reporting daily cases. Accuracy on COVID-19 cases have been criticized all over the world but the new measure hopes to help figure out when the case started and determine if these are confirmed or presumptive.

This should provide a better overview of the number of coronavirus-related issues that are reported daily. Previously, the numbers reported were based on subtracting the latest daily number from the previous day.

“Today only, the daily numbers from the weekend press releases will not add-up,” OHA said. “Weekend numbers were calculated using the previous method.”

As far as COVID-19 testing, the Weekly Testing Summary from the OHA showed 33,624 tests administered through June 27. The cumulative positive testing rate in Oregon is at 4.3 percent, significantly lower to the national average of 9 percent.

Coronavirus COVID-19 New York, USA - Mask People line up outside Elmhurst Hospital to get tested due to coronavirus outbreak on March 24, 2020 in Queens, New York City. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

The latest figures marked the 19th consecutive day that Oregon has had at least 100 infections. Before that, the region had gone over the three-digit mark only three times since the outbreak started. Closer watch is being done with the Fourth of July approaching, Oregonlive reported.

“Please keep your Fourth of July celebrations small and local,” Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement. “We saw a lot of new COVID-19 cases following the Memorial Day holiday. Another spike in cases after the upcoming holiday weekend could put Oregon in a dangerous position.”