Oregonian/OregonLive: Oregon Coronavirus Cases Surge By 19

Oregon state and county health officials on Tuesday reported 19 new cases of the novel coronavirus, more than doubling the previous day’s tally of eight and bringing the number of known COVID-19 patients in the state to 66.

Seven people in Washington County, five in Linn County and another four in Clackamas County tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, the Oregon Health Authority said.

The three other patients are residents of Lane, Marion and Multnomah counties, according to state and county health officials. Four of the cases in Linn County had been reported late Monday night by the Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs.

Lane County health officials said their coronavirus patient, the county’s first known case, is a 69-year-old man who is in stable condition and recovering at home. The man first started showing symptoms March 1 and was tested by his health care provider 12 days later, officials said, adding they did not know how he contracted the virus.

Representatives for Clackamas, Linn, Marion, Multnomah and Washington counties declined to provide details about their new coronavirus cases or did not respond to requests for information from The Oregonian/OregonLive.

There are now known coronavirus cases in 14 of Oregon’s 36 counties: 21 in Washington County; 15 in Linn County; six each in Clackamas and Deschutes counties; four in Marion County; three in Multnomah County; two each in Benton, Jackson and Umatilla counties, and; one each in Douglas, Lane, Klamath, Polk and Yamhill counties.

All of Linn County’s coronavirus cases have occurred at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home in Lebanon

One person has died from coronavirus in Oregon — a 70-year-old Multnomah County man, who, according to the Oregon Health Authority, had a preexisting health problems.

In Washington state, 52 people are known to have died from COVID-19 as of Tuesday the most in the country. More than 1,000 people there have tested positive for the virus.

In the last day, 279 more people in Oregon have tested negative for coronavirus, while another 215 are awaiting results, according to figures published on the health authority’s website. To date, 1,248 people in Oregon have undergone testing.

People older than 55 account for 42 of the confirmed cases in Oregon, 15 are between 35 and 54, one is between 25 and 34 and seven others are under 25.

The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Jayati Ramakrishnan contributed to this report.

This article was originally published by The Oregonian/OregonLive, one of more than a dozen news organizations throughout the state sharing their coverage of the novel coronavirus outbreak to help inform Oregonians about this evolving heath issue.

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