Oregon records largest yet one-day COVID-19 case count

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority reported 484 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the state’s  largest daily total since the start of the pandemic. In addition there were 11 new deaths, increasing the state’s death toll to 594. A total of more than 36,100 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Oregon. A recent survey found that while most residents are wearing masks and washing their hands, a significant number continue to attend social gatherings. Officials have attributed the rise in cases to Labor Day gatherings, the return of college students to campus, the interruption of testing during recent wildfires in Oregon and recent workplace outbreaks.