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OHA issues warnings as COVID-19 cases increase
The Oregon Health Authority reported a record-high 409 new cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths on Saturday.
Stat health officials said the high number of new and presumptive casesis partially due to a transition to a new reporting system, which prevented the processing of positive cases for a few hours Thursday. Those cases are included in today's case count.
The new cases brough the state's total to 11,851 while the death toll remained at 232.
The state's death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from yesterday and remains at 232, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.
Oregon Health Authority reported 409 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 11,851. Today's high number is partially due to a transition to a new reporting system, which prevented the processing of positive cases for a few hours Thursday. Those cases are included in today's case count.
The OHA warned that, since Oregon began reopening, COVID-19 has spread when people get together to celebrate with family and friends. Examples include graduations, birthdays, weddings and holidays.
The OHA also said COVID-19 is spreading more among social activities involving groups of younger people. Recorded outbreaks linked to exercise classes, a fraternity party and a bachelor party.
"While it is difficult not to celebrate these events as we have in the past, COVID-19 is spreading in our communities and people must think hard about altering daily routines that may put people at risk," the OHA said in the July 10 announcement.
To slow the spread of the virus, the OHA recommends that everyone limit the size of gatherings, keep their distance from each other, cover their faces, and find alternative ways for those who are vulnerable to participate.
The new cases reported Saturday are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (6), Clackamas (29), Columbia (1), Coos (2), Deschutes (15), Douglas (2), Hood River (2), Jackson (5), Jefferson (4), Josephine (3), Klamath (4), Lane (13), Lincoln (1), Linn (2), Malheur (16), Marion (61), Morrow (7), Multnomah (99), Polk (2), Sherman (1), Umatilla (50), Union (1),Wallowa (1), Wasco (10), Washington (55), Yamhill (15).
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