Statesman Journal: More Oregonians dying in 2020, but COVID-19 doesn’t account for entire increase

Statesman Journal: More Oregonians dying in 2020, but COVID-19 doesn’t account for entire increase. “About 980 Oregonians have died so far in 2020 above the state’s five-year average. Of those above-average deaths, 247 were attributed to COVID-19. That means 735 people died through July 25 beyond the average and in addition to deaths attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. State health officials say this disparity is likely caused by the under-reporting of COVID-19 deaths because of the lack of testing and people not seeking medical attention. They say it also may indicate the coronavirus in Oregon is deadlier than previously thought.”

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