Coronavirus count drops for Linn County; new total is 115

Linn County had 115 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday evening, which is a decrease and revision from 116 reported for the previous Monday and 109 the week prior, and Linn County’s death toll remained at nine, according to information provided by the Oregon Health Authority.

The total number of positive COVID-19 tests and presumptive cases statewide increased to 4,243 by Sunday evening, up from 3,949 the previous Monday and up from 3,687 a week earlier.

The total number of cases includes “presumptive cases,” which are those in which a person is showing COVID-19 symptoms and has had close contact with a confirmed case. Those who later test positive based on a test for the virus are categorized as confirmed cases.

The state’s death toll reached 153 Sunday, up from 138 the previous Monday and 130 the week prior.

Linn County is currently under review by the governor’s office and the Oregon Health Authority to enter Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan on June 5.

Details of Phase II remain tentative. According to the governor’s website, “After 21 days in Phase 1, counties continuing to meet the prerequisites may be able to enter Phase 2. The goal is to further expand gathering size, allow some office work, plus begin to allow visitation to congregate care (like nursing homes). Specifics are still being worked out and will be based on data collected in Phase 1.”

The effects of the next phase may allow in-person gatherings of up to 100 with physical distancing requirements.

To enter Phase 2, counties must have declining admissions for COVID-19, and statewide, the average percentage of emergency department visits for COVID-like illnesses must be lower than the historic average for the flu at the same time of year.

Counties must be able to trace 70 percent of new COVID-19 positive cases must be traced to an existing positive case over the previous seven- and 14-day time period, while counties must trace a minimum of 95 percent of new cases within 24 hours.

Counties may not have a 5 percent or greater increase in new cases or a significant increase in the percentage of positive cases out of total tests taken during the previous seven days.

Counties must maintain adequate isolation and quarantine facilities with sufficient healthcare capacity to accommodate a 20-percent increase in suspected or confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations as well as sufficient personal protection equipment supplies.