SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon set another record on Thursday with 575 new confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19, the most ever reported in a day since the outbreak began.
The news cases bring the total number statewide to 43,793. The state also reported two new deaths, bringing the total to 673.
The previous daily record of 550 new cases was set last Friday.
Another indicator of concern is the climbing number of patients who are hospitalized. On Thursday, the state reported 179 people with confirmed COVID-19 cases were hospitalized, the highest number since the state began releasing figures in April.
Of those, 59 were in intensive care units and 22 were on ventilators, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
The state still has hundreds of ICU beds available, but if the current trajectory continues, officials have predicted Oregon’s hospitals could reach capacity in December.
The Oregon Health Authority said in a statement that the new cases indicate widespread community transmission and are mostly linked to small clusters and outbreaks around the state.
Health officials are asking Oregonians not to trick-or-treat this year because of the risk of virus transmission.
The deaths were in Multnomah and Marion counties.