• OHA's report, published November 18, details the surge in coronavirus infections in the state for the week ending on November 15.
  • OHA recorded 6,491 new cases of COVID-19 infection—a 25.4% increase over last week’s record-high Oregon weekly tally of 5,177.
  • This increase was in the context of a 9.7% increase in testing, while the percentage of tests that were positive rose from 11.9% to 12.5%—another record-high for Oregon.
  • Hospitalizations (291) were also at a record high for Oregon. Thirty-one Oregonians died in association with COVID-19—a drop from the previous week’s record-high 42 deaths.

  • We are still in a 2 week statewide freeze for COVID-19. Beginning Wednesday, November 18, and lasting until at least December 2, Oregon enters a new lockdown phase. Some counties, like Multnomah County, will experience a four-week lockdown until 16. For more information, read OPB’s coverage here.

  • Oregon health officials recommend having no more than two households together for Thanksgiving gatherings this year. The best way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is to stay home. In lieu of large gatherings, here are some ideas for a safe, festive holiday:
  • Join friends and family over a video call
  • Cook a pie or favorite dish and drop it off at your loved one's home without contact.
  • Exchange photos of the people (or food) at your meal with the people you would normally invite over.
  • Send an email or letter with stories or memories of past holidays together to let people know you're thinking of them.