Oregon set an unfortunate new daily COVID-19 record for the fourth day in a row with 1,517 instances of the illness reported on Sunday, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
Linn County had 27 of those confirmed and presumptive cases and Benton County had seven.
“Oregon is on a steep and stark slope of rising coronavirus cases,” OHA Director Patrick Allen said, in a news release.
Allen urged Oregonians to cancel Thanksgiving plans if they include celebrating indoors with large groups of family and friends. “The safest, wisest and most caring way to protect the people you love is to keep your Thanksgiving dinner small and limited to no more than one other household beside your own. Keep the holidays a time to remember, not a time to regret,” he added.
Oregon set a record of 1,225 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, followed by a new record of 1,306 cases on Friday and a new record of 1,509 on Saturday.
One more death also was announced by the OHA on Sunday, bringing the state’s death toll to 820.
Oregon has now had 65,170 COVID-19 cases during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Linn County has had 1,260 cases and 18 deaths since the pandemic began, and Benton County has experienced a total of 709 cases and seven deaths.
In the last week, Linn County has added 165 cases and Benton County has added 92 instances of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
Oregon has added 8,290 COVID-19 confirmed and presumptive cases and 59 deaths in the past week, according to OHA statistics.
Presumptive cases are people without a positive diagnostic test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed case. Presumptive cases make up roughly 5% of the total cases, the OHA has said.
Other counties with COVID-19 cases reported on Sunday included: Clackamas (207); Clatsop (7); Columbia (8); Coos (9); Crook (6); Deschutes (38); Douglas (12); Grant (15); Hood River (6); Jackson (55); Jefferson (8); Josephine (14); Klamath (53); Lake (6); Lane (64); Lincoln (1); Malheur (16); Marion (183); Morrow (7); Multnomah (516); Polk (26); Umatilla (47); Union (5); Wasco (11); Washington (128); and Yamhill (35).
The death reported by the OHA on Sunday was a 65-year-old Multnomah County man. Underlying health conditions have not been confirmed yet for this resident.
The United States has had more than 12 million COVID-19 cases during the pandemic and 255,076 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on Sunday afternoon.
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