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Oregon Sees Third Consecutive Day Of Record-Breaking COVID-19 Cases

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The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,517 new and presumptive COVID-19 cases Sunday.

It’s the third consecutive day of record-breaking case numbers in Oregon, bringing the state total to 65,170 cases.

OHA reported one additional death Sunday, bringing that total to 820.

The state health agency is discouraging social gatherings and is asking people to reconsider their holiday plans to help slow the spread of COVID-19 as cases surge across Oregon.

“Oregon is on a steep and stark slope of rising Coronavirus cases,” OHA Director Patrick Allen said in a news release. “But we aren’t powerless in the face of this virus. Because it depends on us to slow the spread. Your choices make a difference.

“Local health officials in every part of the state have investigated outbreaks that started with get-togethers that seemed innocent at the time, but led to many people getting sick, and in some cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” Allen said.

“This Thanksgiving, cancel any plans you have to celebrate 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.”

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