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Oregon hits another grim milestone: 4,000 deaths related to COVID-19

Rachael McDonald

Oregon has surpassed more than 4,000 deaths related to COVID-19.

In a news release, Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said “That’s two short months since we last paused to mark the painful milestone of 3,000 COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon. Our condolences go out to everyone who has lost a loved one, a family member, a friend or a neighbor.

“These two milestones tell the story of how swiftly and severely the Delta variant has moved through our communities.

“This is even more heartbreaking because many of these deaths are preventable. COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout Oregon, and the vaccines are our best protection against serious illness and death from this virus. My message to Oregonians today is simple: The Delta variant has changed everything. Please, get vaccinated as soon as you can.”

There are 20 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 4,002, the Oregon Health Authority reported Monday.

OHA reported 2,895 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 343,993.

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