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Oregon Surpasses 72,500 Cases of COVID-19

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The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,669 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases Saturday, the state’s largest daily case count since the start of the pandemic. On Friday, officials said with several county health departments closed and not reporting numbers on Thanksgiving, they anticipated Saturday’s numbers would be “unusually high.”

The new cases reported Saturday include 64 in Deschutes County, 49 in Lane County, 17 in Benton County, 10 in Douglas County, and 3 in Lincoln County. There  have been 72,506 coronavirus cases in Oregon, and with the announcement of 11 new deaths on Saturday, the death toll stands at 896.

The latest deaths include a 62-year-old woman in Douglas County, a 62-year-old man in Lane County, and an 87-year-old man in Deschutes County.

The number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations also continues to spike with 529 people hospitalized — a 209% increase since the start of the month.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Sociology.