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Wednesday's announcement brings to 19 the number of people in the state with the disease caused by the coronavirus.

COVID-19Oregon now has a total of 19 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since Feb. 28 after the Oregon Health Authority announced four new presumptive positive cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, March 11.

The OHA confirmed one new case each in Polk, Marion, Umatilla and Deschutes counties. None of the new cases involved travel to a country where the new coronavirus — which causes the COVID-19 disease — is actively spreading.

The Polk, Marion and Deschutes cases had no known close contacts with confirmed cases, so they are considered community-spread.

The Umatilla County case is a close contact with that county's first case.

On Tuesday, officials announced the first case in Multnomah County.

The Oregon Health Authority and Polk, Marion, Umatilla and Deschutes counties are working to identify and isolate any individuals who may have been in close contacts with the cases in the last 14 days.

"I know it's difficult to learn that we are seeing more active community spread of COVID-19, but this is something we've been expecting," said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, health officer and state epidemiologist for the state Public Health Division. "It's a good reminder to take steps to protect yourself, and vulnerable friends and family members, by washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you're sick."


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