A total of 18 of Oregon’s 36 counties have yet to suffer a COVID-19 death. They are: Baker, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Sherman, Tillamook, Wallowa and Wheeler.
The over-50 cohort continues to dominate the fatalities, with 227 of the 232 state deaths coming for individuals 50 and other. Females have inccurred 52% of the cases to 48% for men, but men have accounted for 56% of state deaths compared to 44% for women.
The health authority warned against Oregonians hosting mass gatherings such as graduations, birthday parties and weddings as case counts rise. Gatherings common among young adult crowds in particular have been linked to outbreaks, according to OHA.
“While it is difficult not to celebrate these events as we have in the past, COVID-19 is spreading in our communities,” the OHA said in a news release, “and people must think hard about altering daily routines that may put people at risk.”