A Friday morning press briefing from Oregon Health Authority officials continued a trend of recent weeks, a message that COVID-19 cases continue to rise and social gatherings are the main reason for it. OHA Director Patrick Allen said reported COVID cases went up 18 percent this week, with the positive test rate nudging up to 6.4 percent and hospitalizations up as well. Allen says as they study data, they find social gatherings are driving this surge. He noted in particular results of a survey released last week finding the people who attend the most social gatherings are those the least likely to take COVID threats seriously. Allen said they are recommending people not have social gatherings or trick-or-treating for Halloween. OHA officials did say they are submitting plans to the Centers for Disease Control for distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine once one is available.