PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Oregon reached a new second-highest daily number Saturday with 277 cases.
Another death from coronavirus was also reported. Authorities say 202 people have died in the state due to COVID-19.
The Oregon Health Authority reported the new cases Saturday, one case shy of the daily record, while going over 8,000 total confirmed cases across the state.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that officials did not list a reason for the large increase in cases, but cases have been increasing for a month.
Gov. Kate Brown told members of the media Saturday she finds the increase alarming but noted other states have more cases. Brown did say “all options are on the table,” in how the state will respond to the increase in cases.
“I would hope to avoid a wholesale shutdown of the economy,” Brown said. “That’s not my preferred approach but Oregonians must take this seriously.”