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Record Number Of Daily Coronavirus Cases And Deaths Reported In Oregon

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

Thursday saw Oregon’s pandemic death toll top 800

The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,225 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases and 20 new deaths on Thursday. Those figures broke yet another daily record for cases and deaths in the state since the pandemic began.

Thursday also saw Oregon surpass 800 COVID-19 deaths, less than three weeks after marking the 700th death — taking the toll to 808.

“We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19,” OHA Director Patrick Allen said.

The total number of confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Oregon now sits at 60,873.

The health authority director continued to plead with Oregonians to do what they can to slow the transmission of the disease.

“I have heard frequently from those who have refused to believe this pandemic is serious if we aren’t seeing hospitalizations and deaths,” Allen said. “Those hospitalizations and deaths are here, and are only likely to go up. Please take this seriously, and do what you can to slow the spread: wash your hands, wear a mask, and limit the number of people you come in close contact with.”

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