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It's the highest number of deaths in a daily report from the Oregon Health Authority since April.

PMG FILE PHOTO - A lab technician stores a COVID-19 test sample.Tuesday, July 14, brought more bad news from the Oregon Health Authority on the COVID-19 situation in Oregon.

As daily case counts have continued to climb, the state reported 380 new cases — confirmed and presumptive — in Tuesday's update. The OHA also confirmed seven more deaths from COVID-19, the most in a daily update since April 28.

Outbreaks in Eastern Oregon continue to account for many of the new cases being reported.

Umatilla County, 13th among Oregon's 36 counties by population, added as many cases as Multnomah County, the state's most populous: 76.

Washington County added 53 cases in Tuesday's update, with 46 more in Marion County, 35 in sparsely populated Malheur County and 21 in Clackamas County.

No other county had case increases above the single digits on Tuesday.

Continuing a general pattern for COVID-19 victims, all seven of the Oregonians whose deaths were reported in Tuesday's update were age 70 or older. All had underlying medical conditions, according to the OHA.

The deceased include:

• A 77-year-old Clackamas County man who died July 2, nearly two months after testing positive.

• An 81-year-old Wasco County woman who died July 8, less than two weeks after testing positive.

• A 91-year-old Lincoln County man who died July 10, almost two weeks after testing positive.

• A 70-year-old Malheur County man who died July 11, just over two weeks after testing positive. He died at a hospital in Boise, Idaho, the only one of the seven confirmed to have died outside of Oregon.

• An 86-year-old Marion County woman who died July 12, more than one month after testing positive.

• A 77-year-old Marion County woman who died July 13, almost three weeks after testing positive.

• A 95-year-old Lincoln County woman who died July 13, two weeks after testing positive.

Oregon has long reported a positive test rate well below the national average. Since the start of the outbreak in February, about 4.2% of Oregonians who have been tested for SARS-CoV-2 — the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — have tested positive.

To date, 244 Oregonians have died of COVID-19 since March, according to the state's official death toll.

By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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