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Live updates: Oregon coronavirus death toll reaches 328

Oregon reported two more COVID-19-linked deaths Monday, raising the state’s death toll to 328 since the pandemic began. The deaths included:

The Oregon Health Authority also reported 272 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 19,366. The bulk of the new cases are in Umatilla (64), Multnomah (49), Marion (27) and Yamhill (27) counties.

The Oregon Health Authority released its weekly testing summary for the week of July 26-Aug. 1. Of the more than 35,000 test results reported in that week, more than 2,000 came back positive for the coronavirus, for a positivity rate of 6.1%, one of the highest weekly rates since the start of the pandemic.

OHA says Oregon has the capacity to process up to 48,000 tests a week in the state, based on supply and staff availability. That doesn’t include out-of-state capacity at commercial labs. But the agency continued to caution people about reports of delays at those commercial labs, where some cases are taking up to two weeks to process.

Oregon officials are reminding renters that they can’t be evicted for failure to pay rent, fees or utilities due between April 1 and Spet. 31. That’s thanks to an eviction moratorium extended by the Oregon Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown designed to help renters struggling due to the economic fallout from the virus from losing their homes.

Oregonians have until March 31, 2021, to pay back rent that has gone unpaid during the virus. The rules hope to stave off further pressuring Oregon’s already tight housing market.

Officials urge renters to inform their landlords in writing as soon as they know they’re unable to pay rent, fees or utilities. They also suggest calling 211 or going to 211info.org to find out if they’re eligible for the COVID-19 pandemic eviction protections.

Copyright 2020 Oregon Public Broadcasting

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