OHA’s Weekly Report Shows Continued Increase in Testing, Decrease in Positive Cases

OHA’s COVID-19 Weekly Report was released Wednesday May 27th, showing that OHA recorded 289 new cases of COVID-19 infection last week, a 26 percent drop from the previous week, while tests reported rose by five percent to 17,214. The percentage of tests that came back positive fell to 1.7 percent. The percentage of positive tests is a key indicator that OHA’s epidemiologists track to understand the spread of COVID-19. The lower the percentage of positive tests the better. Regrettably, deaths rose by 10 last week, to 148 people (0.3 deaths per 10,000 Oregonians) since the beginning of the outbreak.

New this week in the Weekly Report is a breakdown of where Oregonians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The data, which are based on voluntary hospital reporting, show hospitals with 10 or more cases with specific numbers while hospitals with fewer than 10 hospitalized COVID-19 patients are listed without specific numbers.

Staying safe while visiting the gas pump
As of May 24, 2020, self-service for gas will no longer be allowed in parts of the state where it had been temporarily allowed.
You may have questions about this change and what it means in your community. The Office of the State Fire Marshall has developed Self-Service Rules Change FAQs.
For rural parts of the state that do allow self-service for gasoline, the CDC has developed a few tips to help keep you safe while fueling up your vehicle.
You can find more tips for running essential errands on the CDC webpage.

Oregon reports 71 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
PORTLAND, Ore. — The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged and remains at 148, the Oregon Health Authority reported May 27th.
Oregon Health Authority reported 71 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 4,038.
The new confirmed and presumptive cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (4), Hood River (1), Jackson (5), Lake (2), Lincoln (2), Marion (6), Multnomah (41), Polk (2), Wasco (2), Washington (5), Yamhill (1).

OHA investigating COVID-19 increase
OHA and local county health authorities are investigating an increase in COVID-19 cases tied to an outbreak at specific locations of a business that operates in the Tri-county region and the Willamette Valley. At this time, there is no indication that the outbreak at these locations poses any significant risk to surrounding communities.
The situation remains under investigation as health officials gather more information. OHA expects more positive test results to be included in the state’s case totals over the next few days as test results are completed. More details about the outbreak, including location information, will be made available in coming days.
Daily Update now included in the daily new cases releases
OHA is now including a link to the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update in the daily new cases news release. The Daily Update is a detailed look at COVID-19 in Oregon, including testing data, hospital capacity, and cases broken down by demographic information such as age groups, gender, race and ethnicity.

Stay informed about COVID-19:
Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.