The Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday said at least 10 people have now died from the novel coronavirus as confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state climbed to 266.
An 80-year-old woman from Clackamas County and a 73-year-old woman from Marion County were the latest patients to die from the illness, according to state health officials. Both had underlying medical conditions.
Additionally, 57 residents from Benton (2), Clackamas (4), Douglas (2), Jackson (1), Josephine (1), Lane (1), Lincoln (1), Linn (5), Marion (11), Multnomah (8), Washington (20) and Yamhill (1) counties tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, the health authority said.
During that time, nearly 1,200 new people received coronavirus test results — up from 719 the previous day, according to figures published on the health authority’s website.
There are now known coronavirus cases linked to 20 of Oregon’s 36 counties: 96 in Washington County; 43 in Marion County; 33 in Multnomah County; 25 in Linn County; 21 in Clackamas County; 10 in Deschutes County; seven in Yamhill County; six in Benton County; five in Lane County; four in Jackson county; three in Douglas and Polk counties; two in Josephine and Umatilla counties; one each in Clatsop, Grant, Hood River, Klamath, Lincoln and Union counties.
One hundred seven of these people are under the age of 50, state figures show. Another 59 are over the age of 70.
At least 75 of the state’s COVID-19 patients, or 28%, have been hospitalized at some point during their illness, according to the Oregon Health Authority, up from 66 the previous day.
State health officials have reported eight previous COVID-19 deaths in the state. They’ve included residents from Clackamas (1), Lane (1), Linn (1), Multnomah (2), Marion (1) and Washington (2) counties.
While more than 5,700 people in the state have now received tests, state figures show, countless more remain unable to obtain one due limited availability.
The state reported that of the 5,742 tests administered so far, 5,476 were negative.
Testing shortages are a huge problem across the nation, not only in Oregon, creating a dramatic undercount of how many people actually are infected with the virus.