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Jackson County reports 11 new COVID-19 cases

The Oregon Health Authority reported a slight decline in the rate of positive COVID-19 tests last week, saying the drop represents “the first weekly decline in percent positivity since it began increasing in late May,” according to a news release.

Of the 38,179 tests performed the week of July 19 through July 25, 1,837 came back positive, a rate of 4.8%. An OHA report shows the rate of positive cases has increased every week since the week May 16 through May 22. The state’s cumulative positive test rate is at 4.2%.

Testing, however, may be reduced in coming weeks due to a national spike in new cases of the illness and increased testing demand.

“These shortages are being addressed through testing on multiple platforms and recruiting additional laboratories for testing,” the report reads.

OHA officials are also looking into a stunted down turnaround time for test results, the report says.

“In some cases, results are being reported up to two weeks following specimen collection,” the report says.

The agency reported 340 more cases of COVID-19 statewide Monday, though there were no new deaths reported.

More than one third of the new cases came out of Multnomah County, which reported 119 cases, according to a news release. Washington County reported 61, while Umatilla County reported 47.

Jackson County reported 11 new cases, bringing the number of local cases to 302, according to Jackson County Public Health. Of that amount, 120 patients are infectious. Josephine County reported eight new cases, bringing the county’s total to 91. It is unknown how many are considered infectious.