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Coronavirus in Oregon: Case average passes 800 for first time, with 876 new cases and 5 deaths

The Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday announced five new deaths linked to COVID-19 and 876 cases, pushing the state’s daily average past 800 for the first time.

Oregon is now averaging 817 daily cases over the past week, more than double from two weeks ago.

Confirmed or presumed infections are spiking in the Portland metro area, with Multnomah County reporting nearly 300 cases on Wednesday, a record.

At least 290 people were hospitalized with the disease, also marking a new high. Officials on Tuesday warned that Oregon was “at a crossroads” with capacity eroding as case counts climb. The state still has plenty of beds available but officials are worried about the trajectory, with active hospitalizations nearly doubling over two weeks.

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury sent out a statement Wednesday afternoon, urging residents to take steps to protect themselves and each other. She advised residents to take a two-week break from gathering with anyone outside their own households, limiting group sizes to 6, working from home and always wearing a face covering.

“Taking these actions can help us protect one another, preserve critical hospital capacity and avoid more severe restrictions,” Kafoury said. “We slowed the spread before, and together, we can do it again.”

Where the new cases are by county: Baker (8), Benton (11), Clackamas (67), Clatsop (2), Columbia (7), Coos (10), Crook (1), Curry (3), Deschutes (19), Douglas (32), Grant (5), Harney (1), Hood River (2), Jackson (50), Jefferson (14), Josephine (3), Klamath (2), Lake (5), Lane (51), Linn (10), Malheur (8), Marion (83), Morrow (2), Multnomah (298), Polk (11), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (32), Union (1), Wallowa (2), Wasco (1), Washington (102) and Yamhill (31). Read from source….