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The 328 new cases reported on Tuesday are the most in a daily update from the Oregon Health Authority since Aug. 15.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Drive-up testing for COVID-19 is widely available in the Portland area.As Oregon continues to contend with the coronavirus pandemic, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, the daily number of newly detected COVID-19 cases in the state eclipsed 300 for the first time this month.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 328 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Tuesday's daily update. That's the largest day-over-day increase reported since Aug. 15, when the OHA reported 412 new cases.

All of the daily case number increases in Oregon this month to date had been in the 100s or 200s.

More than one-third of the new cases were recorded in the Portland tri-county area: 60 in Multnomah County, 42 in Washington County and 31 in Clackamas County.

Three cases were reported in Columbia County and six in Yamhill County, also considered part of the Portland area by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Marion County added 38 cases, Wasco County added 25, Lane County added 32, Malheur County aded 14, Jackson County added 12, Deschutes County added 11, and Douglas and Linn counties added 10. Other county-by-county increases in Tuesday's report are in single digits.

The sizable increase in the case count on Tuesday comes less than a week after the OHA noted a "declining case count trend." However, state health officials also pointed to a sharp decline in testing during the wildfire outbreak earlier this month and noted that the positive test rate had ticked up to 5.6%.

Overall, just over 4.6% of COVID-19 tests in Oregon have come back positive, according to state data.

Additionally on Tuesday, three more Oregonians were reported to have died of COVID-19.

The OHA said a 41-year-old Malheur County man, a 73-year-old Marion County man and a 64-year-old Malheur County woman all died Sept. 20 after testing positive for the coronavirus. The woman died in a hospital in Boise, Idaho.

The two men had underlying conditions, but the woman did not, according to the OHA.

By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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