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Some rural counties now surge ahead of metro area, where vaccination rates are higher.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The daily infection rate for COVID-19 has once again topped 1,000 per day, as the Delta varient and vaccine resistance take their toll.The Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to take its toll on Oregon, with the daily report of new confirmed and presumptive cases topping the 1,000 mark for the first time in months.

Six new COVID-19 related deaths also raise the state's death toll to 2,855 as of Thursday, July 29.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,026 cases COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state total to 218,689.

The new cases include 111 in Jackson; 110 in Umatilla; 95 in Multnomah; 93 in Lane; 69 in Clackamas; 66 in Marion; 60 in Washington; 54 in Douglas; 46 in Linn; 36 in Deschutes; 35 in Joseph; 27 in Wasco; 24 in Polk; 21 in Union; 20 each in Coos and Yamhill; 18 in Clatsop; 17 each in Benton and Klamath; 11 each in Baker and Curry; eight in Tillamook; seven each in Crook and Malheur; six in Morrow; five each in Columbia and Sherman; four each in Hood River, Jefferson, Lincoln and Wheeler; three each in Grant, Harney and Wallowa; and two in Gilliam County.

A push in the winter and spring to get Oregonians vaccinated saw more success in larger, more urban counties than in some rural counties. Before the arrival of the Delta variant, the three Portland-area counties and Marion County led the infection count daily. Today, relatively unvaccinated areas like Jack and Umatilla counties top the list.

The six new deaths announced Thursday include:

• An 80-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on July 21 and died on July 27 at his residence.

• An 83-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on July 16 and died on July 28 at his residence.

• A 67-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive on July 11 and died on July 25 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

In three of the deaths, the presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed:

• A 63-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive on July 15 and died on July 27 at Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend.

• An 85-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 24 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

And a case from last year has been added to the roster:

• A 48-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on Sept. 14, 2020, and died on Sept. 21, 2020, at Integris Baptist Medical Center.

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