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Oregon Sets Another COVID-19 Daily Record

Oregon Health & Science University nurse practitioner Shelby Freed pulls a COVID-19 test swab from its sleeve at a drive-up station in Portland, Ore., Friday, March 20, 2020.
Bradley W. Parks
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OPB

The Oregon Health Authority Thursday reported 575 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases — the highest number of daily diagnoses since the beginning of the pandemic in Oregon.

The Oregon Health Authority Thursday reported 575 new confirmed and presumptive cases of coronavirus. That’s the highest number of daily diagnoses since the beginning of the pandemic.

The agency also announced two new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 673.

The health authority said the influx of new cases reflects continued widespread community transmission of the virus, resulting in small clusters and outbreaks throughout the state.

The bulk of the most recent diagnoses came from the Portland metro area, with 102 in Multnomah County, 107 in Washington County and 62 in Clackamas County.

The Oregon Health Authority is reminding Oregonians of the importance of “staying vigilant” in taking protective measures such as wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing.

Copyright 2020 Oregon Public Broadcasting

Meerah Powell is a general assignment and breaking news reporter for OPB. She previously worked as a news reporter and podcast producer for Eugene Weekly in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Along with writing and audio work, Meerah also has experience with photography and videography. She graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication.