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One death each was linked to the novel coronavirus in Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties on March 24.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Vehicles travel northbound along Interstate 5 by Wilsonville under an LED sign that reads 'Stay Home, Save Lives,' a reference to Gov. Kate Brown's new executive order to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Another three lives were lost to the novel coronavirus in the state of Oregon, according to public health officials, raising the state death toll to eight.

Oregon Health Authority also announced 18 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of known infected persons to 209 as of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

There are three new diagnoses in Clackamas County, four in Multnomah County and seven in Washington County, plus two in Marion County and one each in Clatsop and Jackson counties.

The sixth person to die of COVID-19 is ID'd as a 78-year-old Clackamas County man who tested positive on March 15, and died March 22 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center.

The seventh death was a 63-year-old Multnomah County man, who was not in a hospital at the time of his death. He tested positive on March 16 and died March 23.

Oregon's eighth COVID-19 death is described as a 90-year-old Washington County woman who tested positive on March 19 and died March 23 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

All three of the deceased had some form of preexisting medical conditions that were a factor in the death, doctors say.

Of the 209 total infected persons, the lion's share — 76 — are in Washington County. So far, there have been two deaths each linked to COVID-19 in Multnomah and Washington counties, and one death each in Lane, Linn, Clackamas and Marion counties.

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