Oregon sets new COVID-19 record at 484 cases
A workplace outbreak in a neighboring Southern Oregon county is contributing to the highest statewide number of new coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.
State public health officials recorded a record-setting 484 cases Thursday, which includes 59 cases that stem from a “large workplace outbreak” in Klamath County, according to an Oregon Health Authority release.
The 59 cases are tied to Planasa Oregon Operations in Klamath County, according to the Oregon Health Authority. State and local health officials began investigating the outbreak Oct. 1, but the state says the initial case count was below the threshold required for public disclosure. State and local health officials are working with the business to address the outbreak.
According to the Klamath County Public Health, the cases stem from a “seasonal employment operation,” and the 59 cases from that outbreak alone makes up more than 16% of Klamath County’s 366 recorded cases.
Jackson County Public Health recorded 17 new cases Thursday.
The new cases bring the Jackson County’s case count to 1,310 — of which 179 are considered active or infectious. There have been six local deaths and 94 hospitalizations from the illness.
Across the state, the Oregon Health Authority recorded 11 deaths involving residents of Lane, Linn, Washington and Wasco counties. The Oregonians were in their 70s, 80s and 90s, and one Wasco resident was 103, and all had underlying conditions, according to the Oregon Health Authority.