Six months later: a sneak peek at the coronavirus in Oregon
The coronavirus exists on its own fuzzy area, Kafka-esque reality in which the United States is “Lower than the world” and time makes absolutely no sense. Has it been six days or six weeks? In fact, it’s been six months.
On February 7, Rebecca Frasure, a 35-year-old woman from Forest Grove, became the first known Oregonian to test positive for the then novel coronavirus. She was aboard a cruise ship called the Diamond princess near Japan, where she was isolated for four weeks. She recounted her experience later, which you can read here.
As we move forward into the uncertain future, here’s a look at the coronavirus in Oregon at this six-month stage, along with some key events that have defined the state’s response.
19,979—Total suspected cases
18 936– positive tests
406,823: Negative tests
8 647—Total positive tests in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. According to Dr. Jennifer Vines, Multnomah County Health Officer, “This disease is prevalent in Multnomah County.”
2 808—The number of people aged 19 and under in Oregon who have been diagnosed with the virus; none died
4,202—The number of people aged 20 to 29 who have been diagnosed; 2.5 percent were hospitalized; we are dead
3 385– the number of people aged 30 to 39 who have been diagnosed; 4.2% were hospitalized, three died
3,220—The number of people aged 40 to 49 who have been diagnosed; 6.3% were hospitalized, five died
2,470—The number of people aged 50 to 59 who have been diagnosed; 10.8% were hospitalized, 20 died
1,593—The number of people aged 60 to 69 who have been diagnosed; 20.1% were hospitalized, 61 died
977—The number of people aged 70 to 79 who have been diagnosed; 33.3% were hospitalized, 86 died
681—The number of people aged 80 and over who have been diagnosed; 36.6% were hospitalized, 152 died
12– the rate at which Pacific Islanders in Portland are more likely than white Portland’s to contract the coronavirus
* figures from the Oregon Health Authority
1,049—The number of Paycheck Protection Program loans between $ 1 million and $ 10 million distributed in Oregon. An additional 8,175 Oregon businesses received PPP loans of $ 150,000 to $ 1 million, and more than 53,000 Oregon recipients received loans under $ 150,000.
658,000—The number of claims the Oregon Department of Employment received for regular UI, a 950% increase in the number of people the department paid in 2019
$ 3.6 billion—The total amount of benefits OED has paid to more than 300,000 Oregon residents since the start of the pandemic
11.2—Oregon unemployment rate, calculated in June
What time it was and how long it was
A 35-year-old Forest Grove woman with mild symptoms is the first Oregonian known to test positive for the novel coronavirus, aboard the Diamond princess cruise ship docked off Japan. She spent four weeks in isolation in a Tokyo hospital and was released on March 5.
The Oregon Health Authority announces the first suspected case of the coronavirus in the state, in a Washington County resident who works in the Lake Oswego school system.
Oregon declares a state of emergency “due to the threat to public health posed by the new infectious coronavirus”. At this point, there are 14 suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases in Oregon, 430 cases in the United States, and 101,927 cases worldwide. Three days later, on March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.
Governor Kate Brown issues a late night order to close all K-12 schools, to begin the following Monday and last until April 1. Finally, in-person classes are canceled for the remainder of the school year. Click here to read how schools are preparing for the fall semester.
70-year-old man succumbs to COVID-19 at Portland VA Medical Center. He would be the first person from Oregon to die of the disease. On the same day, Dr Maxine Dexter wrote a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, who was appointed head of the coronavirus task force on March 9, regarding the US response to COVID-19.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by the Oregon Health Authority exceeds 100. In a confused press conference Friday night, Governor Kate Brown issues a “stay home, stay healthy” directive that does not not match a real order, to the apparent frustration of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County President Deborah Kafoury.
Brown issues Executive Order 20-12. Among other provisions, the ordinance orders Oregonians to stay in their homes “to the extent possible”; prohibits gatherings at which a distance of six feet cannot be maintained between persons; and closes salons, gymnasiums, theaters, tattoo parlors, museums, yoga studios, ski resorts and other types of businesses.
Wheeler encourages a cheer every night at 7 p.m. to honor and thank healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The call to action is met with clapping hands, slapping pots and even unexpected wine dates, like this one.
Governor Kate Brown sets the framework for reopening the state, but without a specific timeline. The City of Portland announces that Wheeler will forgo his pay for the remainder of the year and requires all non-union city workers to take 10 unpaid days by October.
Oregon Health Authority announces it will relax guidelines on who can get tested for the coronavirus, expanding testing to those with even mild symptoms and those who are part of a group at particular risk of contracting disease. On the same day, coronavirus cases in the state surpass 2,000, as reported by the OHA.
The Chinese government of Fujian Providence is donating 50,000 medical masks to Oregon, which will be delivered to the Oregon Emergency Management Office for distribution to counties for frontline workers. Meanwhile, the number of reported deaths from COVID-19 in Oregon exceeds 100.
Governor Kate Brown announces the launch of the Key to Oregon Study, a partnership with the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health that will recruit 100,000 randomly selected Oregonians for 12 months of temperature and symptom monitoring, complete with blood pressure testing. potential follow-up. The following week, postcards were sent to over 100,000 Oregon households inviting them to participate. Also on May 1, state hospitals, surgical centers and dental offices are allowed to resume elective procedures.
Following the initial announcement of Oregon’s three-phase reopening plan, Brown announces the approval of 31 of Oregon’s 36 counties to enter Phase 1 of its reopening plan.
Speaking in a church-related case in the morning, a Baker County judge overturns the governor’s executive orders related to COVID. The Oregon Supreme Court grants a motion that night that puts the judge’s decision on hold and keeps the decrees in effect.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is expanding its Safe Streets initiative to allow businesses to convert sidewalks, parking lots, and even roads into car-free zones for sitting, shopping, and other services, just a day after officials of Multnomah County have offered a plan to reopen the county’s economy by June 12. To learn more about this initiative, click here.
Twenty-six counties in Oregon are approved to enter Phase 2 of the state’s reopening directive. The governor’s office is also relaxing travel limits in Oregon, though staying local is still recommended, so as not to further overwhelm rural health systems.
Brown is suspending its reopening in Oregon, an order that delays Multnomah County’s request for Phase 1 by at least a week. His office tweets that the weeklong hiatus, or yellow light, “will give public health experts time to assess the factors that are causing the virus to spread.”
Multnomah County is entering Phase 1 of the reopening, regrouping with neighboring Washington and Clackamas counties, which had already entered Phase 1, for future decisions on how to move the reopening process forward.
Brown extends Oregon’s state of emergency proclamation for another 60 days, citing an increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases, which by that time had reached over 8,600. The extended state of emergency is expected to last until September 4.
1st of July
Oregon residents statewide are required to wear headgear in indoor public spaces. The new guidelines apply to businesses and members of the public who visit indoor common spaces, from grocery stores to restaurants to post offices.
Portland Public Schools say classes will only be online until at least November 5, with Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero warning distance learning could extend beyond, depending on virus status in Oregon. School officials promise virtual learning will be more meaningful and rigorous than it was in the spring, including more regular contact with teachers.
Brown’s office told lawmakers the governor was considering travel restrictions such as those in place for some other states, with more information expected within a week.