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Oregon reports most COVID-19 cases since pandemic began

The Oregon Health Authority reported 389 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, including seven in Jackson County, the most cases reported in a single day since the pandemic began.

Six more Oregonians died from the disease, OHA reported, pushing the state death toll 230, with the case total climbing to 11,188. The Jackson County total is 164.

Eighty-six of the new cases were in Multnomah County, and Umatilla County saw 55.

The spike was attributed to “workplace outbreaks and community spread,” according to an OHA press release.

Sixty-four of the local patients are considered “infectious,” and 15 local patients have been hospitalized. No local deaths have been reported from the disease.

Most of the new cases reported this week in Jackson County were traced to household members who were already known to have been infected, said county Medical Director Dr. Jim Shames. A few other people were infected in the workplace, he added. Details about the workplace cases were not made public.

Contact tracing has helped county officials track about 80% of local cases to a known source, Shames said.

“We’ve been dealing with those particular situations for really a week or so now,” Shames said. “That’s what contact tracing is all about ... to be able to reach out, find out who people were in contact with, reach out to them, and then eventually track cases back.

“We’re not discovering a lot of cases that just sort of appear out of the blue,” Shames said.