The curve appears to be heading in the wrong direction again.
Oregon's daily increase in COVID-19 cases jumped to 457 on Friday, while the state also reported three new deaths. According to the Oregon Health Authority, Friday's count was the highest since the pandemic began. This news came on the heels of the state reporting its highest increase in cases since mid-July on Thursday, Sept. 24.
The state's death toll is now 542, while the total number of cases is 32,314.
The three new deaths were: a 76-year-old man in Lane County who died Sept. 1 at a location that has yet to be confirmed; an 85-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 15 and died Sept. 23 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center; and a 76-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive Sept. 10 and died Sept. 18 at Providence Medford Medical Center.
It was unclear whether the Lane County man had underlying conditions. The other two patients did have underlying conditions, according to OHA.
The new cases are in the following counties: Benton (11), Clackamas (33), Clatsop (73), Columbia (7), Coos (3), Deschutes (17), Jackson (14), Jefferson (4), Josephine (2), Klamath (1), Lake (3), Lane (50), Lincoln (2), Linn (12), Malheur (20), Marion (58), Morrow (4), Multnomah (62), Polk (8), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (9), Union (4), Wasco (3), Washington (51) and Yamhill (5).
On Friday, OHA also reported a new workplace outbreak of 79 cases at Pacific Seafood in Clatsop County.
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