It was the fourth time this week the state reported more than 175 new cases, something that had never occurred before Monday.
Washington County had the most new cases detected: 37.
That county, like Multnomah, Union, Lincoln, Jefferson, Klamath and others, is showing a significant increase in the rate of its residents who are testing positive for the virus, state health officials say. And in all those places, too many of the people who have come down with the disease don’t have a known connection to anyone else who’s infected, suggesting the disease is circulating in the population at large.
One more person is known to have died from coronavirus-related causes, a 53-year-old Morrow County man who died at his home on Thursday. The death toll now stands at 189.
Hospitalizations statewide also are up 82 percent since May 15, with 92 confirmed COVID-19 patients currently admitted.
Oregon’s highest per-capital COVID-19 caseloads are in rural counties, including Union in eastern Oregon, Lincoln on the north Oregon coast and Hood River near the Columbia River Gorge.
In addition to Washington County, Multnomah (34 cases), Marion (30), Lincoln (23) and Clackamas (19) also reported double-digit diagnoses Saturday.
Aimee Green contributed to this report.
— Betsy Hammond; [email protected]; @OregonianPol
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