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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 Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Six more COVID-19 deaths announced
Six more people in Oregon, including a 27-year-old and a 41-year-old, have died from COVID-19, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
The OHA reported Tuesday the state’s death toll at 465.
The youngest person in Oregon to die from the coronavirus was a 26-year-old man in Yamhill County in July.
The 41-year-old and 27-year-old men were from Washington County and both had underlying conditions, according to officials. The 41-year-old died Aug. 23 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and the 27-year-old died Aug. 28 in his residence.
The other deaths included an 86-year-old woman in Linn County who died Aug. 28 at Samaritan Albany General Hospital, a 66-year-old man in Umatilla County who died Aug. 28, a 91-year-old man in Multnomah County who died Aug. 27 and an 88-year-old woman who died Aug. 28.
Marion County had 39 new cases reported Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 3,870 cases.
Polk County had four new cases announced for a total of 429 cases.
The state reported 243 new cases Tuesday, bringing the state total to 26,946.
– Bill Poehler
Health care coverage available to those impacted by COVID-19
Oregonians who lost their health care coverage due to life changes during the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to enroll through a special enrollment period through HealthCare.gov.
The program for private health coverage is available to people who have qualified from Jan. 1 through 60 days after the national public health emergency ends, according to the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services.
Those who have a life change and lose their coverage due to loss of employment, marriage, obtaining immigration status or moving homes, but didn’t get coverage are eligible for the FEMA program to enroll in the plan.
Those who apply must submit proof of life change, but not proof of being impacted by COVID-19.
Applications are available at HealthCare.gov if they lost coverage due to a life change or at 800-318-2596 for other events.
– Bill Poehler
COVID-19 by the numbers in Oregon
Here’s the most recent data from OHA, as of Tuesday, September 1.
- 465: Deaths from COVID-19
- 26,946: Total cases
- 136: People hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19
- 24: Patients on ventilators
- 534,854: Tests that were negative
- 560,493: Total number of tests given, since Jan. 24
Limited gatherings quietly emerge as source of coronavirus infections
Images of packed beaches, lakes and bars have made the rounds on traditional and social media for much of the summer, drawing scorn from those concerned about the coronavirus spreading among those crowds.
Less prominent but also troubling are the growing instances of case clusters arising from smaller gatherings.
Contact tracing yields information about the sources of infections as the USA, by far the world leader in total COVID-19 cases and deaths, grapples with how to keep its population safe while propping up a flagging economy. More than 182,000 Americans have been killed by the disease.
The hasty reopening of businesses across much of the nation after the spring shutdown was largely blamed for a summer surge in infections, but social functions of various sizes among relatives, friends and co-workers may have been a contributing factor as well.
Public health experts sound the alarm as the Labor Day weekend approaches.
“People don’t think of it in the same way as the (President) Trump rally in Tulsa, a bunch of people on the beach or in the bars, but these small events add up to a lot. It’s just invisible,” said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, a professor of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco who specializes in infectious diseases.
Read more: Limited gatherings quietly emerge as source of coronavirus infections
– Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY
Moratorium on foreclosures in Oregon extended to Dec. 31
Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Monday preventing foreclosures for homeowners and businesses through Dec. 31.
The previous moratorium was set to expire Monday.
The Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board allocated $55 million for rent assistance through December and $20 million for affordable housing.
The U.S. Congress also has passed about $82 million in housing-related services, including rent and utility assistance.
“Every Oregonian deserves a warm, dry, safe, affordable, and accessible place to call home,” Brown said. “That’s especially true during a pandemic, when physical distancing and limiting trips away from home are critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Extending the moratorium on foreclosures will ensure that more Oregonians do not lose their homes this year, and that businesses can continue to provide vital goods and services to our communities.”
– Bill Poehler
California’s latest reopen plan draws criticism
California has embarked on a new, tiered plan for reopening businesses that has some crying foul. Critics say the system doesn’t take into account that some businesses can operate safely even in counties with relatively high numbers of COVID-cases. And it hits some businesses harder than others even when it appears they perform similar services. Gyms remain closed and Legoland, classified as a theme park, must stay shut. SeaWorld San Diego, classified under zoos and museums, is a go.
“While certain businesses are allowed to open … many others continue to be greatly limited, hampered or even closed,” San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond said. “The state continues to change the targets and move the goalposts.”
– Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY
Oregon COVID-19 cases by county
Here are the number of cases, both tested positive and presumptive, and deaths as of Tuesday, September 1:
- Baker: 74 cases, 2 deaths
- Benton: 217 cases, 6 deaths
- Clackamas: 1,979 cases, 56 deaths
- Clatsop: 96 cases
- Columbia: 130 cases, 1 death
- Coos: 116 cases
- Crook: 55 cases, 1 death
- Curry: 20 cases
- Deschutes: 693 cases, 11 deaths
- Douglas: 178 cases, 3 deaths
- Gilliam: 4 cases
- Grant: 8 cases
- Harney: 12 cases
- Hood River: 236 cases
- Jackson: 821 cases, 2 deaths
- Jefferson: 461 cases, 7 deaths
- Josephine: 158 cases, 2 deaths
- Klamath: 235 cases, 2 deaths
- Lake: 30 cases
- Lane: 726 cases, 6 deaths
- Lincoln: 466 cases, 13 deaths
- Linn: 389 cases, 13 deaths
- Malheur: 1,189 cases, 19 deaths
- Marion: 3,870 cases, 80 deaths
- Morrow: 439 cases, 3 deaths
- Multnomah: 6,053 cases, 120 deaths
- Polk: 429 cases, 14 deaths
- Sherman: 17 cases
- Tillamook: 38 cases
- Umatilla: 2,694 cases, 38 deaths
- Union: 420 cases, 2 deaths
- Wallowa: 22 cases, 1 death
- Wasco: 207 cases, 3 deaths
- Washington: 3,822 cases, 46 deaths
- Wheeler: 0 cases
- Yamhill: 642 cases, 14 deaths
Source: Oregon Health Authority