More Than Half Of Oregon Coronavirus Deaths Linked To Group Housing

More than half of coronavirus deaths in Oregon have been linked to senior living or group housing settings, according to a weekly data report from state health officials. 

The Oregon Health Authority is tracking active outbreaks in at least 30 of what the state calls “congregate care facilities,” while outbreaks at another 38 of these locations have been resolved. 

The state is also tracking about 60 active workplace outbreaks — including at four prisons. The prisons collectively account for 323 COVID-19 diagnoses. The biggest non-prison active workplace outbreaks are at Pacific Seafood in Newport, associated with 181 cases; Lamb Weston in Hermiston, associated with 142 cases; and Bob’s Red Mill in Milwaukie, associated with 61 cases.

Older people are much more likely to become severely ill or die from COVID-19, but younger people make up a significant share of overall infections, according Oregon Health Authority data.

More people in their 20s have tested positive, or been diagnosed based on exposure and symptoms without a test, than any other age group: 2,941 Oregonians, according to the latest available data. That’s about one in five people who’ve had COVID-19 in the state. But fewer than 3% of 20-somethings have required hospital care. 

By contrast, only about 520 people over the age of 80 have been diagnosed with the virus, but 38% of those patients have been hospitalized as a result.

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