Coronavirus in Oregon: state averaging 1,000 cases a day, with new record of 1,306 reported Friday

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Health officials in Oregon on Friday strongly urged the public to avoid large gatherings, wear masks and practice social distancing ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday as they announced a new record in daily reported coronavirus cases.The state reported four more deaths and 1,306 new presumptive or confirmed cases, just one day after setting a new record on Thursday. The average number of daily cases also breached the 1,000-case mark for the first time.“We are at a dire point in the pandemic in Oregon,” said Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen. “Hospitals are facing a clear and present threat.”Christine Bartlett, director of adult critical care nursing at Oregon Health & Science University, said that as many as 50 people who work at her hospital had been forced to quarantine because they had potentially been exposed to the virus.“This year has been extraordinarily difficult for us,” she said. “With another week of record breaking cases in Oregon, we are growing weary and we are on the brink.”She described the heartbreak of nurses being forced to keep loved ones away from family members as they battle the disease and the impossible choices they may have to make as staff shortages make …

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