Oregon lawmakers push for more virus testing amid case spike

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has reported a record number of coronavirus cases Friday, with hospitalizations at their highest since the pandemic began. Officials say the state hit a daily record of 1,306 COVID-19 cases, and 414 people are hospitalized. Nearly three dozen current and incoming Oregon lawmakers have sent a letter to Gov. Kate Brown demanding an immediate increase in COVID-19 testing statewide as case numbers spike. The letter sent earlier this week emphasizes that California and Washington outrank Oregon in testing but Oregon’s test positivity rate — the percentage of tests that are positive — is much higher. Brown has not responded to the bipartisan letter.