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Eighteen people in the state have now died from the coronavirus disease, according to state data.

Oregon's official case count rose to 690 on Tuesday, March 31, as the Oregon Health Authority reported 84 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths associated with the disease.

The 84 new cases is the most since last Thursday, March 27, when the state reported 98 new cases. It's a marked increase from the daily update Monday, March 30, when 58 new cases were tallied.

The Oregon Health Authority said a Yamhill County man died at age 90 on Sunday, March 29, and an 88-year-old woman in Benton County died Monday, accounting for the two new deaths linked to COVID-19, which is caused by a novel strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2.

Both of the victims had underlying conditions, following a pattern in COVID-19 deaths reported in Oregon.

Washington County continues to stand out as Oregon's coronavirus hotspot, with 18 new cases reported Tuesday to increase its total number of COVID-19 cases to 186.

Marion County also saw 18 new cases in Tuesday's update. Multnomah County's case count increased by 16. Clackamas County added 10 new cases.

Other positive tests came from Benton, Douglas, Hood River, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Malheur, Polk, Umatilla, Wallowa, Wasco and Yamhill counties.

State officials believe there are likely many more people who have been infected but haven't been tested for the viral disease.

The Oregon Health Authority says 13,826 people have been tested, with a positive rate of 5%.

Oregon's first case was reported Feb. 28 in Washington County. Its first death was reported March 14.


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