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Virus toll nears 100 in Oregon


April 29, 2020

The total number of positive COVID-19 tests statewide increased to 2,354 as of Monday morning, April 20, up from 1,956 a week earlier, on April 20.

The state’s death toll reached 92 as of Monday morning, up from 75 a week earlier.

Linn County had 79 cases Monday morning, up from 62 last week and 52 one week earlier, based on reports by the Oregon Health Authority, which also reported one death in Linn County during the past week, bringing the total to seven. OHA adjusts totals based on new information and adjusted the total number of cases reported daily from 80 to 79.

Oregon’s 86th and Linn County’s seventh COVID-19 death was an 89-year-old man, who tested positive on March 15 and died April 22 at his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.

City Manager Ray Towry said the city continues to monitor the governor’s office and is communicating with the Linn County Commissioners, who are looking at a plan to open up the county.

The city will be ready to help however it can, Towry said. City officials have been in conference calls with White House staff as well as the governor’s office.

“I think everybody, including the governor, is anxious to (restart) and just trying to figure out the best way to do that,” Towry said.

On April 24, Linn County Public Health reported that 10 people associated with National Frozen Foods Corporation’s plant in Albany, tested positive for COVID-19. Eight were employees at the facility and two others were associated with those employees.

Linn County Public Health and the Oregon Health Authority are working with National Frozen Foods on response efforts. This includes closure of production at the facility for a time period to be determined, as well as testing of additional employees who are reporting illness. Employees of National Frozen Foods will be notified by their employer regarding how to receive testing and the next steps of the process.

“We are sympathetic to the employees and their families at National Frozen Foods,” said County Commissioner Will Tucker. “Our health officials are committed to working with the company and OHA to restart production in a manner that will ensure the safety of the workers.”

Linn County Public Health wants to remind the public to remain vigilant with social distancing, hand washing and following the Oregon Health Authority’s recommendations so we can all remain healthy.

As of Monday, statewide, 51,198 persons had been tested, and 48,844 were negative.

Among those who have tested positive, 554 have been hospitalized. As of Monday, 128 patients were hospitalized. Forty-two were in intensive care, and 25 patients were on ventilators, with 280 adult intensive care unit beds and 795 ventilators available.


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