This brings the total count at 24 in Oregon.
The Oregon Health Authority announced three new presumptive positive cases Thursday afternoon identified in Clackamas and Washington counties, bringing the state’s total to 24.
The Clackamas County case is a man between the ages of 35 and 54, who was a close contact with a previous case, according to a press release from OHA. It’s the first case to appear in Clackamas County.
The other two are in Washington County. They are both women who are older than 55 who had no known close contacts with confirmed cases. These are considered “community-spread” cases.
This brings Washington County to 10 total cases — the most out of any of the other nine counties with presumptive positive cases.
As of about 4 p.m. Thursday, Lane County still did not have any presumptive positive cases.
Other counties in Oregon with cases are: Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Marion, Multnomah, Polk and Umatilla.
Symptoms of the disease include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
“The COVID-19 virus spreads like the flu, when someone who is sick coughs or sneezes close to another person,” the OHA release stated. “Close” means within about 6 feet of the other person.
“After someone contracts COVID-19, illness usually develops within 14 days,” the release stated. “Symptoms mirror those of the flu, including fever, cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat and general feelings of illness. That has made it more difficult for health officials to identify sick individuals and stop the virus from spreading.”
Of the 24 presumed positive cases, as of 10 a.m. Thursday, the county with the most cases is Washington County, with 10 cases. There are two cases in Jackson, Linn, Marion and Umatilla counties and one each in Clackamas, Deschutes, Douglas, Klamath, Multnomah and Polk counties.
The majority of the cases are people in the 55 and older age group with 15 cases. There are seven in 35 to 54 age group. There is one in the 18 to 24 age group and on in the 17 and younger group.
Of the 24 cases, 11 were hospitalized at time of presumptive positive test result and three were exposed through international travel.
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