Oregon reported 612 new coronavirus cases Saturday and no additional deaths — far below recent tallies. The state’s data often lags during weekends and may not be reflective of the actual state of the pandemic in Oregon.
The Oregonian/OregonLive newsroom has partnered with multiple other outlets in the state to bring to light the human impact of the pandemic.
Every day brings a fresh barrage of coronavirus statistics: new cases, new deaths, fluctuations in positive test rates and the number of hospitalizations.
But who is behind those numbers?
People like Joe Guttierez, who spent 78 days in a hospital after what started as “a little cough” turned out to be the first signs of a coronavirus infection. People like Carola Montero, who was 46 when she died, leaving behind her husband and four children. People like Sally Cumberworth, who spent Thanksgiving quarantining in a hotel room.
Then there are the people whom officials tallied months ago but who are still struggling with the aftermath of their initial coronavirus infections.
As many as one in 10 COVID-19 survivors may suffer from long-term symptoms of the disease, researchers in the United Kingdom have found. Oregonians have recounted numerous stories of seemingly endless hardship as they have struggled for months after recovering from the acute phase of their coronavirus infection.
Everyone has been affected by the pandemic, from schoolchildren to bartenders to anybody who misses seeing their friends.
But the secondary impact of the pandemic has hit workers and businesses particularly hard.
Some Oregonians have been able to work from home or have lost their jobs because they weren’t deemed essential. Thousands of others, however, have continued to work as the coronavirus continues to rage through the state, risking their lives and the lives of their loved ones. They include teachers, grocery workers and mail carriers. Businesses, meanwhile, have either shut down or found creative ways to stay afloat.
And now, for the latest coronavirus numbers:
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (7), Benton (18), Columbia (15), Crook (14), Deschutes (68), Douglas (9), Harney (1), Hood River (6), Jefferson (33), Lane (89), Linn (26), Marion (3), Morrow (6), Multnomah (271), Tillamook (9) and Umatilla (37).
The prevalence of infections: On Saturday, the state reported 1,101 new positive tests out of 16,190 tests performed, equaling a 6.8 positivity rate.
Hospitalized patients: Oregon officials on Saturday reported 472 people hospitalized because of COVID-19, the same as Friday. Of those, 97 patients are in intensive care units, six fewer than Friday.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 108,326 confirmed or presumed infections and 1,422 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, the state has reported 2,579,564 lab reports from tests, 5.9% of them positive.
— Fedor Zarkhin