Oregon records second day of 300-plus coronavirus cases – oregonlive.com

New day-to-day coronavirus cases in Oregon topped 300 Friday for the second successive day, fueled by infections in Multnomah, Umatilla, Washington and Marion counties.The Oregon Health Authority reported 344 new validated and presumptive cases, bringing the state total to 9,636. It was the second-highest everyday count since the states break out started in February. The state set a record Thursday with 375 everyday cases, eclipsing 281 the day previously. The health authority reported no brand-new deaths, with the toll staying at 209.Twenty-eight of Oregons 36 counties reported new cases: Benton (7 ), Clackamas (22 ), Clatsop (1 ), Columbia (3 ), Coos (1 ), Crook (1 ), Deschutes (9 ), Douglas (1 ), Jackson (9 ), Jefferson (5 ), Josephine (3 ), Klamath (2 ), Lake (1 ), Lane (16 ), Lincoln (18 ), Linn (2 ), Malheur (20 ), Marion (32 ), Morrow (10 ), Multnomah (59 ), Polk (5 ), Sherman (1 ), Tillamook (1 ), Umatilla (49 ), Union (8 ), Wasco (10 ), Washington (46) and Yamhill (1 ). Gov. Kate Brown on Friday also identified 8 rural counties as hot areas and positioned them on a “watch list”: Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wasco. State and local health officials will monitor them and send additional undefined resources to try to stop spread of the illness, the health authority stated in a statement.Those counties have actually recorded the states highest rates of “sporadic” transmission from mid-June through the beginning of July, the health authority said. That means cases that dont have a clear link to other cases or break outs “and therefore show that the virus is spreading out uncontained in a neighborhood,” the firm stated in a statement.Umatilla County has been struck especially hard. About 240 county residents caught the infection from an unknown source in that period state information programs. While Multnomah County had more such cases with about 290, its rate per 100,000 people was far lower: 37 “erratic spread” cases per 100,000 individuals to Umatilla Countys 313. More than half of the states new cases for the week ending June 27 have no clear link to other cases, according to state data.Despite the increasing case counts and concern that health officials do not know how the virus is spreading out in some of the counties, Oregon still has lower per capita coronavirus case and death counts than a lot of states, according to a New York Times database.Only Vermont, Alaska, West Virginia and Montana have actually reported fewer cases per 100,000 individuals than Oregon, and only Wyoming, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii have reported fewer deaths, according to The Times.– Margaret Haberman and Fedor Zarkhinmhaberman@oregonian.comfzarkhin@oregonian.com

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