Oregon coronavirus update, Nov. 24: Marion County has lowest new cases since July

Mrs. Halverson teaches students during one of the first days back for grades two and three after closures due to the coronavirus, at Hoover Elementary School on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
Mrs. Halverson teaches students during one of the first days back for grades two and three after closures due to the coronavirus, at Hoover Elementary School on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

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We'll update this story with the latest news about coronavirus and its effects in Oregon on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Marion County has lowest new cases since July

Marion County had its lowest weekday number of new cases of COVID-19 announced on Wednesday since July, as reported by the Oregon Health Authority.

The county had 68 new cases Wednesday, the fewest new cases since 46 were announced July 30.

Earlier in July, the OHA changed its reporting of daily cases to just weekdays, with a combined number report for weekends.

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Polk County had 23 new cases announced Wednesday and Oregon had 862 confirmed for a cumulative total of 387,485.

The state also announced new cases in Baker (10), Benton (12), Clackamas (71), Clatsop (11), Columbia (14), Coos (13), Crook (7), Curry (7), Deschutes (88), Douglas (37), Harney (1), Hood River (8), Jackson (67), Jefferson (2), Josephine (12), Klamath (21), Lane (67), Lincoln (15), Linn (51), Malheur (7), Morrow (2), Multnomah (93), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (15), Union (5), Wallowa (5), Wasco (3), Washington (94), and Yamhill (29) counties.

The state reported 50 new deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s death toll from the coronavirus to 5,116.

Marion County had four new deaths announced Wednesday for a total of 504 deaths since the start of the pandemic:

  • A 50-year-old woman died Sept. 4 in her residence.

  • A 95-year-old man died Sept. 29 in his residence.

  • A 92-year-old man died Oct. 1 at his residence.

  • A 67-year-old woman died Nov. 15 at her residence.

An OHA spokesperson said it will not release updated COVID-19 reports until Monday due to the holiday weekend.

Weekly new hospitalizations drop 25% in Oregon

According to the OHA, the number of weekly cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations continued to decline, falling to 5,698 the week of Nov. 15 to 21, a decline of 2.4% despite testing increasing 19% during the same span.

The state had 268 new hospitalizations last week, a decrease of 25% from the week prior.

State Hospital Salem campus reopens for visitation

The Oregon State Hospital’s Salem campus resumed in-person visitation for family and friends of vaccinated patients on Wednesday.

With Marion County’s COVID-19 positivity rate dropping below the CDC’s 'moderate' benchmark of 8%, the state opted to reopen the campus to guests, as it did with the Junction City location in October.

“I’m thrilled to have reached this point, when patients and their families can finally see each other in person,” superintendent Dolly Matteucci said in a statement.

The Oregon Health Authority said Oregon State Hospital was one of the last psychiatric hospitals in the United States to have a positive case and has had no deaths among patients.

The hospital did not give a timeline for when it will allow visitation of unvaccinated patients.

COVID-19 by the numbers statewide

Here's the most recent data from the Oregon Health Authority, as of Wednesday, Nov. 24:

  • 5,116: People who have died from COVID-19.

  • 387,485: Total cases of COVID-19.

  • 391: COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

Oregon COVID-19 cases by county

Here are the number of cases, both tested positive and presumptive, and deaths as of Wednesday, Nov. 24:

  • Baker: 2,175 cases, 31 deaths.

  • Benton: 6,051 cases, 37 deaths.

  • Clackamas: 32,426 cases, 376 deaths.

  • Clatsop: 2,583 cases, 35 deaths.

  • Columbia: 4,238 cases, 55 deaths.

  • Coos: 5,573 cases, 106 deaths.

  • Crook: 3,301 cases, 56 deaths.

  • Curry: 1,901 cases, 36 deaths.

  • Deschutes: 23,182 cases, 185 deaths.

  • Douglas: 13,236 cases, 286 deaths.

  • Gilliam: 184 cases, 4 deaths.

  • Grant: 1,083 cases, 14 deaths.

  • Harney: 1,193 cases, 32 deaths.

  • Hood River: 2,113 cases, 37 deaths.

  • Jackson: 24,672 cases, 350 deaths.

  • Jefferson: 4,168 cases, 65 deaths.

  • Josephine: 10,057 cases, 240 deaths.

  • Klamath: 8,979 cases, 145 deaths.

  • Lake: 1,040 cases, 16 deaths.

  • Lane: 29,856 cases, 354 deaths.

  • Lincoln: 3,572 cases, 52 deaths.

  • Linn: 14,488 cases, 178 deaths.

  • Malheur: 5,915 cases, 86 deaths.

  • Marion: 39,592 cases, 504 deaths.

  • Morrow: 1,970 cases, 25 deaths.

  • Multnomah: 59,768 cases, 836 deaths.

  • Polk: 8,136 cases, 98 deaths.

  • Sherman: 190 cases, 3 deaths.

  • Tillamook: 2,143 cases, 45 deaths.

  • Umatilla: 15,087 cases, 180 deaths.

  • Union: 3,368 cases, 54 deaths.

  • Wallowa: 747 cases, 13 deaths.

  • Wasco: 3,148 cases, 46 deaths.

  • Washington: 41,571 cases, 393 deaths.

  • Wheeler: 114 cases, 1 death.

  • Yamhill: 9,665 cases, 142 deaths.

Source: Oregon Health Authority

This article originally appeared on Salem Statesman Journal: Oregon COVID-19 update: Marion County has lowest new cases since July