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One new death also reported; state says fastest rate of new cases seen in central and eastern Oregon.

Oregon set a new single-day record of 281 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, July 1, and the state also announced one new death as reopening plans continue to be threatened by rising infection numbers.

The state now has 8,931 reported cases and 208 deaths.

"Today's cases represent another record-breaking day, with fastest rate of new cases occurring in central and eastern Oregon," the Oregon Health Authority wrote in a press release. "It's clear more testing and workplace outbreaks are contributing to the increase in cases, but we're also seeing spread across in the community that's not tied to a known case."

The death reported Wednesday was a 91-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive June 18 and died June 29 at a location that has yet to be determined. She had underlying medical conditions according to OHA.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (2), Clackamas (20), Clatsop (1), Columbia (1), Deschutes (4), Douglas (2), Jackson (3), Jefferson (7), Klamath (4), Lake (2), Lane (12), Lincoln (12), Linn (7), Malheur (16), Marion (27), Morrow (2), Multnomah (38), Polk (8), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (42), Union (5), Wallowa (2), Wasco (4), Washington (48) and Yamhill (7).

"This is a reminder that now is a time to be cautious," OHA said in the release. "We can still slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our loved ones, but we'll all need to do our part. This means Oregonians will need to continue physical distancing, wearing face coverings when physical distancing isn't possible, staying home when sick, limiting unnecessary travel and practicing good hand hygiene, particularly this holiday weekend."

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