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Coronavirus in Oregon: State reports 1,339 new cases, 21 more deaths as Gov. Brown extends state of emergency – OregonLive

The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday reported 1,339 new confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases and 21 more deaths as Gov. Kate Brown announced she is extending a state of emergency until at least March.

Brown acknowledged Oregon is fast approaching another dismal milestone even with the welcome news that vaccinations began in the state Wednesday.

“As we near 100,000 cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, and with hospitals and health care workers stretched to their limits, there is no doubt that COVID-19 continues to pose a public health threat,” she said in a statement. “These are the darkest days of this pandemic. And yet, hope has arrived. Beginning this week, each time another Oregonian is vaccinated against COVID-19, we are one step closer to the day when we can return to normal life. In the meantime, we must keep up our guard.”

The state of emergency gives the governor authority to issue executive orders to protect public safety and requires renewal every 60 days. Her decision to renew it had been expected, as she plans to keep counties under a four-tiered risk level guiding localized restrictions on gatherings and businesses.

Where the new cases are by county: Baker (2), Benton (20), Clackamas (173), Clatsop (3), Columbia (18), Coos (5), Crook (4), Curry (1), Deschutes (48), Douglas (12), Gilliam (3), Hood River (23), Jackson (82), Jefferson (10), Josephine (24), Klamath (19), Lane (74), Lincoln (8), Linn (60), Malheur (13), Marion (148), Morrow (5), Multnomah (250), Polk (20), Tillamook (12), Umatilla (34), Union (13), Wasco (9), Washington (218), Wheeler (1) and Yamhill (27).

New deaths: The 1,263rd fatality is a 92-year-old Jackson County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Nov. 10 and died Dec. 14 at her residence.

The 1,264th fatality is an 80-year-old Josephine County man. He tested positive Dec. 8 and died Dec. 16 at his residence. Officials were working to confirm whether he had underlying medical conditions.

The 1,265th fatality is a 78-year-old Klamath County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Dec. 5 and died Dec. 12 at his residence.

The 1,266th fatality is an 83-year-old Lane County woman. She tested positive Nov. 27 and died Nov. 30 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. Officials were working to confirm if she had underlying medical conditions.

The 1,267th fatality is an 87-year-old Malheur County woman. She tested positive Dec. 7 and died Dec. 15 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise. Officials were working to confirm if she had underlying medical conditions.

The 1,268th fatality is a 94-year-old Marion County woman with no underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Nov. 30 and died Dec. 10 at her residence.

The 1,269th fatality is an 89-year-old Marion County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Nov. 22 and died Dec. 16 at Salem Hospital.

The 1,270th fatality is an 83-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Oct. 5 and died Nov. 29 at his residence.

The 1,271st fatality is a 78-year-old Multnomah County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Nov. 27 and died Dec. 3 at Providence Portland Medical Center.

The 1,272nd fatality is an 80-year-old Multnomah County man. He tested positive Nov. 23 and died the same day at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Officials were working to confirm whether he had underlying medical conditions.

The 1,273rd fatality is a 73-year-old Multnomah County woman. She tested positive Nov. 23 and died Dec. 12 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. Officials were working to confirm whether she had underlying medical conditions.

The 1,274th fatality is a 78-year-old Douglas County man. He tested positive Nov. 30 and died Dec. 15 at Mercy Medical Center. Officials were working to confirm whether he had underlying medical conditions.

The 1,275th fatality is an 87-year-old Multnomah County woman with no underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Nov. 17 and died Dec. 7 at her residence.

The 1,276th fatality is a 91-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Dec. 1 and died Dec. 11 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center.

The 1,277th fatality is a 78-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 30 and died Dec. 8 at his residence.

The 1,278th fatality is a 62-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Dec. 7 and died Dec. 15 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center.

The 1,279th fatality is an 83-year-old Multnomah County man. He tested positive Nov. 26 and died Dec. 6. Officials were working to confirm where he died and whether he had underlying medical conditions.

The 1,280th fatality is an 84-year-old Multnomah County woman. She tested positive Dec. 10 and died the same day at her residence. Officials were working to confirm whether she had underlying medical conditions.

The 1,281st fatality is a 78-year-old Washington County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Nov. 25 and died Dec. 4 at Providence Portland Medical Center.

The 1,282nd fatality is a 75-year-old Washington County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Nov. 30 and died Dec. 12 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

The 1,283rd fatality is an 81-year-old Yamhill County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Dec. 4 and died Dec. 8 at her residence.

The prevalence of infections: On Thursday, the state reported 1,715 new positive tests out of 24,404 tests performed, equaling a 7% positivity rate.

Who got infected: New confirmed or presumed infections grew among the following age groups: 0-9 (45); 10-19 (123); 20-29 (260); 30-39 (226); 40-49 (225); 50-59 (199); 60-69 (110); 70-79 (70); 80 and older (58).

Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 551 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were currently in the hospital Thursday, three fewer than Wednesday. Of those, 113 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, the same number as Wednesday.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 98,936 confirmed or presumed infections and 1,283 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, the state has reported 2,392,813 lab reports from tests.

— Kale Williams; kwilliams@oregonian.com; 503-294-4048; @sfkale

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