Oregon reports 342 new coronavirus cases, 5 more deaths

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials reported 342 confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday, increasing the state’s total cases since the start of the pandemic to 19,699. In addition, five people died because of COVID-19. On Monday, the state reported one of Oregon’s highest weekly coronavirus testing positivity rates —- 6.1 percent. The state’s increased positivity rate raises concerns about the possibility for students returning to school in the fall. Oregon Health Authority officials also say they continue to receive widespread reports of extended turnaround time from commercial laboratories, with some case results being reported two weeks after the initial test.