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COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Jefferson County and across the Central Oregon region

Fear over the highly contagious COVID delta variant has caused a rush on COVID tests at the Jefferson County Public Health Department.

Public Health Director Michael Baker said he had so much work to do over the weekend, he had to call in people to work extra hours.

"This delta variant has people really concerned," said Baker.

COVID cases continue to rise in the county.

The week between Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 counted 84 new cases. The prior week, the county reported 46 new cases.

All COVID patients from Jefferson County who need hospitalization are sent to the St. Charles Hospital in Bend.

Still, the Madras hospital remains busy. "Admissions are currently limited due to staffing constraints," said Hospital Administrator David Golda.

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