Phase 2 COVID numbers flatline in Linn County

Linn County’s coronavirus case numbers have flattened over the past two weeks, since the implementation of Phase 2 of the recovery process, as the county has not seen spikes in cases that have been recorded in other parts of the state.

As of Monday, June 22, the county had recorded a total of 129 confirmed or presumed COVID-19 cases, up from 115 at the beginning of the month. Linn County has only had six reported cases in the 14 days leading up to Monday.

The state’s total, as of Monday, was 7,083, an increase of just over 2,000 since Phase 2 began in most of the state’s counties, on June 5.

About a week after Phase 2 began Oregon recorded its highest single-day report of cases with 278 on Tuesday, June 16. Linn County had no new cases that day and has only four since.

The spike in state numbers are the result of “a recent trend of more cases in the state,” the Oregon Health Authority stated. “It’s clear more testing and workplace outbreaks are contributing to the increase in cases, but we’re also seeing more cases of spread in the community.”

The OHA urged state residents to be “cautious.”

“Oregonians will need to continue to consider the risks when they venture outside their homes or interact with people outside their close circles of contacts. Practicing physical distancing, wearing face coverings when physical distancing isn’t possible, staying home when sick, limiting unnecessary travel and practicing good hand hygiene remain critical strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe.”

The OHA also warned last week against scam artists who pretend to be contact tracers.

“These imposters send emails and text messages with links to fraudulent websites. Clicking on the link may download software onto a device, giving them access to an array of your personal and financial information.

If you receive an email or a text message you think might be from a scammer posing as a contact tracer, first, do not click on any links. Then, file a complaint online at http://www.oregonconsumer.gov or call 877-877-9392 and ask that a complaint form be mailed to you.

For more information on other COVID-19 scams, visit http://www.oregonconsumer.gov/COVID-19.”

OHA released its Weekly Testing Update Saturday which showed that 27,671 tests were reported during the week ending June 19. Oregon’s cumulative positive testing rate is 3.3 percent of tests performed, which is considerably lower than the national average of 10 percent.

“The number of tests performed has been steadily increasing week after week, but the number of positive cases and the test positivity rate have increased significantly over the past two weeks,” OHA said, which it attributed to recent large outbreaks in the state. “This suggests increasing numbers of individuals with COVID-19, which is expected now that all counties are in Phase 1 or Phase 2 of reopening.

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