Coronavirus in Oregon: Another day with a record-setting number of cases, 7 more deaths as pandemic rages across state

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The nationwide coronavirus wave continues to batter Oregon.The state reported seven more deaths and 1,509 new confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases Saturday. The number of reported cases set a record for the second day in a row.The Oregon Health Authority on Friday warned that the rapid rise of cases poses a “clear and present threat” to hospitals’ ability to provide space and care for people suffering from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.The overall official COVID-19 death toll in Oregon now stands at 819. The coronavirus is spreading out of control in much of the state.Public-health officials say the best chance the state has to bring down the case numbers and relieve the pressure on hospitals is for people to stay at home as much as possible, embrace mask-wearing and social distancing when out in public, and follow Gov. Kate Brown’s newly instituted restrictions on gatherings.“The main message we’re trying to put out is that, as the virus is rapidly spreading, tighten your bubble,” Oregon Health Authority senior adviser Dr. Bukhosi Dube told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Thursday.Where the new cases are by county: Baker (9), Benton (22), Clackamas (122), Clatsop (5), Columbia (10), Coos (6), Crook (3), Curry (4), Deschutes (35), …

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