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Oregon Breaks Another Daily Record With 988 New Cases of COVID-19

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The Oregon Health Authority Saturday reported 988 new and presumptive cases of COVID-19. This is the highest number reported on a single day since the start of the pandemic in Oregon.

COVID-19 has claimed 13 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 729, OHA reported Saturday.

The total number of cases in Oregon is now at 49,587.

Governor Kate Brown Friday announced she was putting five Oregon counties on a twe-week pause for social gatherings. She and OHA leaders pleaded with the public to stay home as much as possible, wear masks, socially distance and avoid social gatherings.

One of the deaths announced Saturday by OHA is a 79-year old man in Lane County who tested positive on Oct. 5 and died on Oct. 19 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

On Saturday, there were 8 more cases announced in Benton County, 32 in Deschutes County, 23 in Douglas County, 75 more cases in Lane County, and 12 new cases in Linn County.

More information at the OHA website.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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