State says skip gatherings and trick-or-treat as Covid cases surge

SALEM – The coronavirus is “on the march” in Oregon as reported cases climbed in recent weeks and state health authorities urged people not to let down their guard.

Officials with the Oregon Health Authority said that the number of cases of Covid increased 25% in the state in the past six weeks. The number of Oregonians becoming newly infected had been declining over the summer.

Pat Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority, said Friday that all measures of the virus have been increasing – the numbers of reported cases, people so ill they need hospitalization, and the percentage of Covid tests turning up positive.

“Covid-19 is again on the march in Oregon,” Allen said.

Allen and Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state epidemiologist, attributed the increase to several factors.

“Social gatherings continue to be a forceful driver . . .