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We’ll update this story throughout the day with the latest news about coronavirus and its effects in Oregon and across the nation on Wednesday, August 5.
UPDATED at 6:01 p.m.
Oregon’s major indicators of spread spike
Four of the major indicators of the spread of COVID-19 jumped in Oregon last week.
Deaths, infections, the positivity rate and hospitalizations all increased the week of July 27 through Aug. 2, according to the weekly report by the Oregon Health Authority.
Deaths rose by over a quarter (39 from 27), infections were up slightly (2,728 from 2,241), hospitalizations were up (141 from 127) and positivity was up (6.4% from 5.1%).
Marion County Public Health Director Katrina Rothenberger said the county’s positivity rate dropped to 8.4% from a high of 9% from a week before.
“The number of new cases, however, has declined over the past three weeks,” she said. “Two weeks ago, we were at 267. Last week we had 256.”
Salem Hospital had 24 confirmed cases and 33 suspected patients. It also has had 28 employees test positive with the most recent coming July 22.
The 97301 ZIP code, which includes downtown and parts of east Salem, had a large jump in infections to 403 from 338 the week before. It was already one of the hardest hit areas in Marion County.
The 97351 ZIP code of Polk County, which includes Independence, has seen a skyrocket in infections. The zip code had 11 infections as of May 27 and has 51 in the Aug. 5 report.
Among active outbreaks of assisted living facilities in Marion County are Tierra Rose Care Center in Salem with three patients with COVID-19, the first reported July 28 and Farmington Salem Assisted Living with 33 cases and six deaths since June 23.
Umatilla County has had five of the eight largest active workplace outbreaks, including Lamb Weston, which has 167 total cases.
The Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem still has the largest active outbreak with 185.
UPDATED AT 1:21 p.m.
Oregon just short of milestone case count
Oregon had 299 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, according to new data from the Oregon Health Authority, as the state neared a milestone number of infections.
The state’s total number of cases climbed to 19,979, likely just one more day from the 20,000 case milestone.
Oregon is 38th in the nation in the number of cases and 44th for cases per 100,000 residents.
There were five new deaths announced Wednesday, bringing the state’s death toll to 338 from the coronavirus.
Marion County had 42 new cases, double the number of new cases announced on Tuesday.
Polk County had its lowest number of new cases since July 20 with one new case reported.
COVID-19 by the numbers in Oregon
Here’s the most recent data from OHA, as of Wednesday, August 5.
- 338: Deaths from COVID-19
- 19,979: Total cases
- 228: People hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19
- 25: Patients placed on ventilators
- 406,823: Tests that were negative
- 425,759: Total number of tests given, since Jan. 24
Shortage of Clorox disinfecting wipes could stretch into 2021
Although Clorox officials said in May that they expected retail shelves to be stocked by this summer, they now anticipate it will take longer.
Linda Rendle, president and CEO-elect of The Clorox Co., says it could take until year’s end to reach supply levels “that we need to be at.” Rendle and Clorox CEO and chairman Benno Dorer said the demand for the company’s disinfecting wipes has outpaced expectations and isn’t expected to slow.
“We’re certainly not at all happy with our service levels for our retail customers on many products, as demand for our products exceeded our own expectations in the face of this persistent pandemic,” Dorer said during the call. “We have a high sense of urgency on this with all hands on deck.”
– Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY
US buys 100 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine candidate
Johnson & Johnson announced a deal with the U.S. government for 100 million doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate, Ad26.COV2.S, for use in the United States – if and when the vaccine wins Food and Drug Administration approval. The government may also purchase an additional 200 million doses, the company said in announcing the $1 billion deal. A clinical trial is underway, and the company said it is evaluating one- and two-dose regimens. The plan is to provide more than 1 billion non-for-profit doses globally through the course of 2021.
“We are scaling up production in the U.S. and worldwide to deliver a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for emergency use,” said Dr. Paul Stoffels, Johnson & Johnson’s chief scientific officer.
Moderna in talks with ‘several countries’ for vaccine candidate
Biotech giant Moderna said Wednesday it expects to fully enroll 30,000 volunteers in the crucial Phase 3 study of its COVID-19 vaccine next month. Moderna’s vaccine candidate, backed by almost $1 billion in federal funding, last week became the nation’s first to begin such a large trial. It’s being tested at scores of sites in the U.S., with results expected as soon as October.
“We began discussions with several countries for supply agreements for (vaccine candidate) mRNA-1273 and as of July 31, we have received approximately $400 million of customer deposits for potential supply,” Moderna said in a statement.
The announcement came one day after Novavax released promising results from a small, early trial. AstraZeneca, Pfizer and a group of Chinese researchers also have released promising early trial results, and China has begun providing its candidate vaccine to members of its military.
Oregon COVID-19 cases by county
Here are the number of cases, both tested positive and presumptive, and deaths as of Wednesday, August 5:
- Baker: 36 cases
- Benton: 162 cases, 6 deaths
- Clackamas: 1,464 cases, 38 deaths
- Clatsop: 83 cases
- Columbia: 86 cases
- Coos: 89 cases
- Crook: 42 cases, 1 death
- Curry: 14 cases
- Deschutes: 555 cases, 8 deaths
- Douglas: 140 cases, 1 death
- Gilliam: 4 cases
- Grant: 2 cases
- Harney: 10 cases
- Hood River: 178 cases
- Jackson: 421 cases, 1 death
- Jefferson: 332 cases, 3 deaths
- Josephine: 108 cases, 2 deaths
- Klamath: 200 cases, 1 death
- Lake: 32 cases
- Lane: 540 cases, 3 deaths
- Lincoln: 414 cases, 9 deaths
- Linn: 263 cases, 10 deaths
- Malheur: 715 cases, 12 deaths
- Marion: 2,755 cases, 68 deaths
- Morrow: 327 cases, 2 deaths
- Multnomah: 4,608 cases, 93 deaths
- Polk: 301 cases, 12 deaths
- Sherman: 14 cases
- Tillamook: 34 cases
- Umatilla: 2,141 cases, 26 deaths
- Union: 392 cases, 2 deaths
- Wallowa: 19 cases, 1 death
- Wasco: 172 cases, 3 deaths
- Washington: 2,921 cases, 24 deaths
- Wheeler: 0 cases
- Yamhill: 404 cases, 12 deaths
Source: Oregon Health Authority