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Record number of COVID-19 cases reported in Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority Friday reported the most COVID-19 cases in a single day since the pandemic began, adding 457 people to the statewide list.

OHA also reported three more deaths, raising Oregon’s case count to 32,314, with 542 deaths.

Seventy-nine of the new cases came from an outbreak at Pacific Seafood in Clatsop County, OHA reported.

Oregon also reported a jump in weekly cases, according to numbers released Wednesday. From Sept. 14 through Sept. 20, OHA documented 1,511 new cases, a rise of 17% compared to the previous week’s 1,294 cases. The rate of positive tests has also risen, going from 5.6% to 6.2%.

Factors that contributed to the rise include Labor Day gatherings, college students returning to campus, and testing interruptions in areas of the state ravaged by wildfires, OHA Director Patrick Allen said at a Friday news briefing.

Some of the new cases in Jackson County are tied to displacement from the recent fires, said Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County medical director. Of the last 99 cases the agency has reviewed since about Sept. 10, 35 people had been displaced because of the fires, and 16 were people who had hosted those who been displaced. The information was gleaned from two questions recently added to a questionnaire the county uses for contact tracing.

Jackson County Public Health reported 14 new cases Friday, raising the local total to 1,123, including 180 people who are considered to be infectious, according to public health data. Eighty-four local people have been hospitalized and five have died from the disease.