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Oregon Health Authority announces cases in Oregon have risen to 75. One-third of cases are in Washington County.

PMGThe Oregon Health Authority has announced two new deaths related to the novel coronavirus, bringing the total to three in Oregon, so far.

The deaths were reported in Lane and Washington counties. According to OHA, the Lane County death was a 60-year-old woman who died at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend on March 14. She tested positive for the disease on March 17, according to OHA.

In Washington County, a 71-year-old man died at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center on March 17, after he tested positive the day before.

Both had underlying medical conditions, according to OHA.

"We are saddened at the news of these additional lives lost in Oregon due to COVID-19," said Patrick Allen, OHA director. "These deaths only strengthen our resolve to slow the spread of this disease in our communities. We are in this together."

Washington County is one of the state's hardest hit areas for coronavirus, battling one-third of the state's novel coronavirus cases. As of Wednesday, March 18, the total number of novel coronavirus cases in Oregon has risen to 75.

Washington County Health Officer Christina Baumann said the state is committed to slowing the spread of the disease, and protecting the most vulnerable.

"We are sad to learn of the first death in our county due to COVID-19," she said. "Our hearts go out to his family during this time."

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