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Record COVID-19 cases reported for second day in a row
For the second day in a row, the Oregon Health Authority reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases in Oregon on Saturday. On Nov. 21, the OHA added 1,509 cases to the state total, bringing it to 63,668, which the state health officials said reflected an accelerating spread of the virus across the state.
According to the OHA, the virus also has claimed seven more lives, raising the state's death toll to 819.
The grim numbers come a day after OHA Director Patrick Allen said the state was at a "tipping point" and warned that hospital capacity remained a concern.
To help slow the spread of the virus, state health officials said Oregonians should wear a face covering, stay 6 feet from people outside their households, wash their hands frequently, and keep social gatherings small.
The most recent reporting said 937,579 people, so far, have tested negative for COVID-19.
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Saturday are in the following counties: Baker (9), Benton (22), Clackamas (122), Clatsop (5), Columbia (10), Coos (6), Crook (3), Curry (4), Deschutes (35), Douglas (37), Grant (11), Harney (3), Hood River (6), Jackson (63), Jefferson (8), Josephine (16), Klamath (20), Lake (7), Lane (87), Lincoln (4), Linn (45), Malheur (27), Marion (124), Morrow (10), Multnomah (414), Polk (42), Umatilla (40), Union (31), Wasco (14), Washington (223), Wheeler (1), and Yamhill (60).
Oregon's 813th COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man in Douglas County who tested positive Oct. 29 and died Nov. 19, at Mercy Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon's 814th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive Oct. 24 and died Nov. 13. Location of death is being confirmed. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon's 815th COVID-19 death is a 75-year-old woman in Columbia County who tested positive Oct. 23 and died Nov. 19, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon's 816th COVID-19 death is a 77-year-old woman in Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 9 and died Nov. 19, at her residence. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon's 817th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 10 and died Nov. 20, at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
Oregon's 818th COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive Nov. 2 and died Nov. 19, at his residence. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon's 819th COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old woman in Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 12 and died Nov. 20, at her residence. She had underlying conditions.
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