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Story by KATU Staff - Story Source
Published on Saturday March 28, 2020 - 8:39 AM

PORTLAND, OreGON – Health officials identified 98 more cases of coronavirus in Oregon on Friday, bringing the state's total to 414.

The Oregon health Authority also reported another death from COVID-19. So far, 12 people have died statewide from the virus.

Oregon's 12th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old woman in Marion County. She tested positive on March 20, and died March 25 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions. Health officials say that the dramatic rise in positive cases over the past few days is coming from increased testing across the state.

"We need to pay attention to the numbers that mean the most, in terms of health care capacity – which are the hospitalizations, the critically ill, and – of course – the deaths," said Dawn Mautner, senior health adviser for the OHA.

Clark County is also seeing a dramatic rise in the number of coronavirus cases as testing becomes more available across the region.

Earlier this week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a 'stay at home' order to help curb the spread of the virus around the state.