Oregon smashes daily virus record with nearly 400 new cases

July 9, 2020 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon smashed its previous daily record for COVID-19 cases on Thursday with a 389 new diagnoses and six deaths.

The number of cases was the highest seen in the state since the start of the pandemic, the Oregon Health Authority said, and brings total cases statewide to 11,188. There have been at least 220 deaths.

State health officials attributed the high numbers to workplace outbreaks and community spread and have continually warned about concerning upticks in positive COVID-19 tests in rural counties.

On Thursday, Umatilla County reported 55 new cases for a total of 938 cases. Fourteen people are hospitalized in the county 210 miles (337 kilometers) east of Portland and seven have died, the East Oregonian reported.

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Many of those cases come from an outbreak at a potato processing facility.

Malheur County, about 415 miles (667 kilometers) southeast of Portland near the Idaho border, saw 31 new cases announced Thursday for a total of over 200 cases. The county is one of eight on the state’s “watch list” because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

The county has seen its case numbers triple since June 23 and experienced one of the highest rates of new cases in the state in the week leading up to July 4, according to the Malheur County Health Department.

The reported deaths Wednesday were in Crook, Marion, Umatilla and Clackamas counties.