Coronavirus updates Sunday: 3 new Lane County cases, 1 Oregon death – News – The
Lane County Public Health reported three additional positive cases for COVID-19 on its website Sunday.
There have been 518 confirmed and presumptive cases in Lane County. Four people are currently hospitalized and 38 are considered infectious. At least 41,464 people have been tested for the the novel coronavirus, according to the agency’s website.
Another person died of the coronavirus in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 326, the Oregon Health Authority reported Sunday in a news release.
Oregon’s 326th COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old man in Malheur County who tested positive on June 29 and died on July 30 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
The agency announced 285 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 19,097.
The new cases reported Saturday by the OHA are in the following other counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (26), Clatsop (2), Deschutes (8), Douglas (4), Hood River (4), Jackson (15), Jefferson (7), Josephine (2), Linn (4), Malheur (10), Marion (53), Morrow (8), Multnomah (48), Polk (2), Sherman (1), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (20), Wasco (3), Washington (47), and Yamhill (9).
— The Register-Guard
Do local police have to mask up?
Local police agencies say their policy and officer guidance on when to wear masks while on the job has been tightening in keeping with statewide mandates, but there are exceptions at those departments when officers’ work and safety come into play.
Gov. Kate Brown twice in July issued new mandates for businesses and the general public on when face coverings are necessary. The most recent update on July 24 made them mandatory for ages 5 and older and lowered the maximum size of indoor gatherings. Previous orders had mandated masks both inside and outside.
Read the story here.
Crisis mode: Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has “eyes wide open” to challenges of playing football in 2020
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott’s leadership can often seem out of touch.
The $5.4 million man still has the conference headquartered in downtown San Francisco, one of the most expensive locations in the world to rent office space, as the Pac-12 Network struggles with distribution eight years after its launch.
The football instant-replay controversy and poor performances by the conference in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament in 2018 led to a desperate decision by the Pac-12 and the Los Angeles Times to form a “media partnership” to shift the narrative, according to a report by the Oregonian.
Read the story here.
Arizona congressman tests positive for COVID-19
Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., has tested positive for COVID-19 after a week in Washington, D.C., that included a hearing with Rep. Louie Gohmert, who also tested positive in recent days.
Grijalva is asymptomatic and in self-quarantine at his residence in the Washington area, his spokesman, Geoff Nolan, said. He is the first known member of Arizona’s congressional delegation to have tested positive after at least several close calls.
It isn’t clear how Grijalva contracted the virus, but the hearing with Gohmert, R-Texas, is a possibility.
– Ronald J. Hansen, Arizona Republic
FDA authorizes tests that estimate amount of antibodies in blood
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the first two COVID-19 antibody tests that can estimate the quantity of antibodies in a patient’s blood – what’s known as “semi-quantitative” tests.
Scientists still don’t know if or how much antibodies can provide immunity from COVID-19, or for how long. But the new tests could be useful to scientists as they continue to learn more about what the existence of antibodies means, Dr. Tim Stenzel, of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement.
“Today’s authorizations give us additional tools to evaluate those antibodies as we continue to research and study this virus,” Stenzel said. “Patients should not interpret results as telling them they are immune, or have any level of immunity, from the virus.”
Louisiana ravaged twice by COVID-19
A powerful resurgence of COVID-19 infections in Louisiana is hitting the state harder than its first wave in spring, making it the only state in the nation to experience two devastating spikes of the virus, an analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.
The state leads in COVID-19 cases per capita, continuing to outpace even Florida, Arizona and New York, where dramatic surges of the virus have occurred since the outbreak began in March.
Louisiana’s experience with COVID-19 offers insight into how a state that took strict shut-down measures to curtail the rapid spread of the virus early on can suffer a more expansive surge after reopening. It also reveals how the course of the pandemic in a state can evolve, penetrating new areas relatively untouched by the first round of infections.
– William Taylor Potter and Michael Stucka, USA TODAY Network
Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions
Thousands protested Germany’s coronavirus restrictions Saturday in a Berlin demonstration that insisted “the end of the pandemic” has arrived – a declaration that comes just as authorities are voicing increasing concerns about an uptick in new infections.
With few masks in sight, a dense crowd marched through downtown Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate. Protesters who came from across the country held up homemade signs with slogans like “Corona, false alarm,” “We are being forced to wear a muzzle,” “Natural defense instead of vaccination” and “We are the second wave.”
– Associated Press
Dozens more cruise crew members test positive for COVID-19
Shortly after resuming international cruises, thirty-three crew members have tested positive for COVID-19 onboard Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen, currently docked in Tromsø, Norway, according to the cruise line.
The virus might not have been contained onboard. Passengers from the two voyages had already disembarked from voyages on the ship on July 24 and again on Friday, leaving ample time for passengers to begin their voyages home and potentially spread the virus.
Meanwhile, 10 crew members on AIDA Cruises’ AIDAblu and AIDAmar learned they tested positive for COVID-19 after boarding in Rostok, Germany, on July 22. The Carnival Corp. subsidiary still plans to restart its operations this month.
U.S. cruises have not resumed. The CDC has extended its “no-sail” order through Sept. 30 but some lines, including Princess Cruises, have extended their suspensions beyond that date.
– Morgan Hines
Southwest Airlines to passengers: No BYOB
Southwest Airlines, responding to an increase in reports from flight attendants about passengers consuming their own alcoholic beverages on the plane, is permanently adding a new line to its in-flight safety announcements, according to a memo sent to flight attendants.
The gist: you can’t BYOB. Well, you can bring it, but you can’t drink it on the plane.
After passengers are reminded about no smoking, using electronic cigarettes or tampering with the smoke detector in the lavatory,flight attendants will announce: “It is also prohibited to consume alcohol that you’ve brought.”
The memo attributed the increase in passengers bringing their own alcoholic drinks on board to the lack of in-flight drink sales and availability of alcohol in airports during the pandemic. Southwest is only serving passengers a cup of water and a package of snack mix.
– Dawn Gilbertson
Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday thathe remains confident that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready by early next year, telling lawmakers that a quarter-million Americans already have volunteered to take part in clinical trials.
But if the future looks encouraging, public health alarms are still going off in the present. Officials testifying with Fauci at a contentious House hearing acknowledged that the U.S. remains unable to deliver all COVID-19 test results within two or three days, and they jointly pleaded with Americans to comply with basic precautions such as wearing masks, avoiding crowds, and washing their hands frequently.
Those simple steps can deliver “the same bang for the buck as if we just shut the entire economy down,” said a frustrated Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adding that he has studies to back that up.
Looking ahead, Fauci said he’s “cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine by the end of this year and as we go into 2021. I don’t think it’s dreaming … I believe it’s a reality (and) will be shown to be reality.” As the government’s top infectious disease expert, Fauci heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
– Associated Press
Mexico becomes country with third-most deaths
Mexico has become the country with the third most COVID-19 deaths in the world, behind the United States and Brazil.
Mexican health officials said Friday there were 688 deaths for the latest 24-hour reporting period, pushing the country’s total to 46,688. That put Mexico just ahead of the United Kingdom, which has 46,119, according to the tally by Johns Hopkins University. Mexico’s population is double that of Britain.
The health officials also said Mexico now has had more than 424,000 confirmed coronavirus cases during the pandemic.
Also on Friday, nine state governors from opposition parties criticized what they call the federal government’s “confusing messages” on measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
– Associated Press
Lena Dunham had COVID-19, lingering complications
Lena Dunham has been open about her battle with the chronic illness Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Now she’s getting candid about her latest health struggle: COVID-19.
The “Girls” alum, 34, revealed Friday that she was diagnosed with COVID-19 in mid-March. Although she was “reluctant” to go public with her diagnosis, Dunham hopes detailing her “intense” experience with the virus will curb other’s “carelessness.”
Dunham said she was in self-isolation by herself for 21 days fighting COVID-19, after initially confusing the virus’ symptoms with her chronic illness. Dunham described a plethora of side effects, including loss of “sense of taste and smell,” sensitivity to sound, numb hands, inflammation of nerves, a “hacking cough,” difficulty breathing, a “pounding headache” and random red rashes.
“It felt like I was a complex machine that has been unplugged and then my wires rerouted into the wrong inputs,” she said. In isolation, “I couldn’t believe how intense the loneliness had been, in addition to illness.”
– Cydney Henderson
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Lane County COVID-19 ZIP code map
Lane County Public Health has posted a map of known cases of COVID-19 organized by ZIP code on its page of Testing, Patient and Resource Information.
By the numbers: COVID-19 cases in Oregon
Reported by Oregon Health Authority, updated at 8 a.m. Friday.
18,492: Total cases confirmed by test and presumptive cases
322: Total deaths
17,540: Tests that are positive
385,701: Tests that were negative
403,241: Total number of tests given
Cases by age group
0 to 9: 798 (4%)
10 to 19: 1,854 (10%)
20 to 29: 4,009 (22%), 1 death
30 to 39: 3,245 (18%), 3 deaths
40 to 49: 3,096 (17%), 5 deaths
50 to 59: 2,351 (13%), 19 deaths
60 to 69: 1,532 (8%), 60 deaths
70 to 79: 939 (5%), 84 deaths
80 and older: 638 (3%), 150 deaths
Not available: 30 (0%)
Female: 9,564 cases (52%), 141 deaths (44%)
Male: 8,872 cases (48%), 181 deaths (56%)
Non-binary: 3 case (0%), 0 deaths
Not available: 53 cases (0%), 0 deaths
Hospitalized: 1,607 (9%)
Not hospitalized: 14,800 (80%)
Not provided: 2,085 (11%)
Source: Oregon Health Authority
Number of US cases by state
Directories of open local businesses, including those doing delivery, take-out
The Eugene and Springfield chambers of commerce are compiling listings of local businesses that are open and the modified ways they are offering their goods and services to make it easier for people to support them while staying home.
Read the full story, including links to the lists, here.
Closures, cancellations and postponements
See The Register-Guard’s cancellation list here.
People reported to have contactracted novel coronavirus in US, by day