Record number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon two days in a row
Oregon's daily COVID-19 case counts continue to set new records.
The Oregon Health Authority reported 600 new confirmed or presumptive cases had been detected in the state in its daily report Friday, Oct. 30. That set a new record for the highest number of new cases in a daily report.
The old record of 575 cases, reported Thursday, Oct. 29, had stood for just one day.
New cases were reported in 33 of Oregon's 36 counties on Friday. Multnomah County, the state's largest by population, alone saw 152 new cases.
Two new deaths were reported in both Thursday's daily report and Friday's daily report, bringing the number of known COVID-19-related deaths in Oregon to 675.
The deceased ranged in age from 83 to 96. Two were Multnomah County residents, and all were women. At least three had underlying health conditions, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
COVID-19 case numbers are spiking across the United States, as well as in many European countries, as fall progresses. Experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Maryland, have expressed alarm over the rising case counts.
Despite that, on Friday morning, state officials announced they would immediately relax Oregon's metrics for when schools can reopen. The state has maintained some of the tightest restrictions in the country on in-person education.
Several counties, including Multnomah and Washington counties still remain ineligible to reopen schools under the relaxed metrics, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
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