Creative alternatives to in-person gatherings; OHA Weekly Report; Outbreaks of 20 or more cases; Tillamook County at 34 cases

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Oregon reports 299 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 338, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday August 5th.

Oregon Health Authority reported 299 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 19,979.

The new cases reported are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (2), Clackamas (20), Clatsop (1), Columbia (2), Coos (1), Deschutes (8), Douglas (1), Hood River (4), Jackson (12), Jefferson (9), Josephine (1), Klamath (2), Lane (5), Lincoln (19), Linn (8), Malheur (7), Marion (42), Morrow (10), Multnomah (59), Polk (2), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (26), Wasco (1), Washington (48), and Yamhill (6).

Oregon’s current statewide ban on indoor social get-togethers of more than 10 people includes gatherings such as dinner parties, birthday parties, potlucks and book clubs. (In counties approved for Phase 1 or 2 of reopening, bars and restaurants are already limited to serving 10 people per party.)

The ban is for any indoor social gathering that includes people who don’t live with you. We know it can be hard not gathering with your friends and family in the ways you’re used to. But with some creative thinking, you can still host indoor get-togethers that are fun and safe. Here are some options you can try for any social events you have in mind:

Safe alternatives for in-person events

OHA releases weekly report

On Wednesday August 5th, OHA released its COVID-19 Weekly Report, which stated that during the week of July 27 through Aug. 2, OHA recorded 2,278 new cases of COVID-19 infection — up slightly from last week’s tally of 2,241. In addition, 39 Oregonians were reported to have died, up from last week’s toll of 27.

The percentage of tests positive increased from 5.1 percent to 6.4 percent, and hospitalizations rose to 141, up from the previous week’s 127.

The age group with the highest incidence of reported infection continues to be 20-29-year-olds, with rates decreasing in subsequent decades of life. Most cases continue to be “sporadic,” meaning that no source for the case was identified.

Outbreaks surpass 20 cases

Today, OHA reported on three outbreaks that have 20 or more cases. The case counts include all cases linked to each outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to a worker. State and county public health officials are working with these organizations to address the outbreaks and protect the health of workers.

An outbreak of 27 cases of COVID-19 has been reported at Walmart in Umatilla County. The outbreak investigation started on July 9, but the initial case count was below the threshold for public disclosure.

An outbreak of 20 cases of COVID-19 has been reported at the OR1 Construction site in Multnomah County. The outbreak investigation started on July 8, but the initial case count was below the threshold for public disclosure.

An outbreak of COVID-19 has been reported at the Lamb Weston facilities in Boardman. The Lamb Weston West location has 21 cases, the Lamb Weston East location has 31 cases and the Lamb Weston Packing Center has 22 cases. The outbreak investigation started on July 1, but the initial case count was below the threshold for public disclosure.