SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority reported 277 new confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases in the state Monday.
In addition there were two new deaths, increasing the state’s death toll to 262 people.
Following the increase, Oregon’s total coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic is now nearing 15,000.
Of all the reported cases, the Oregon Health Authority has reported that at least 3,330 people have recovered.
Last week, more than 39,000 COVID-19 tests were performed. The positivity rate was about 6% — the World Health Organization recommends the rate be 5% or less.
Health officials said currently around 41,000 tests can be administered a week, but they expect the state’s testing capacity to decrease due to the national demand in testing supplies as cases surge across the country.
In addition, the Oregon Health Authority said they have received “widespread reports of extended turnaround time from commercial laboratories.” In some cases test results are being reported two weeks after the test was conducted.
The health authority said they are monitoring the “concerning situation.”
For most, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.