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Del Norte picked up only two new cases of COVID-19 over the past week. As of Thursday morning, the county reported three active cases, 121 inactive cases and one death. There have been three hospitalizations, but none are current.

Curry County broke its winning streak on Sept. 1, reporting the first positive case since Aug. 19. As of the deadline for this edition, the county reported two active cases, 19 recovered cases and zero deaths.

Both Curry County and Del Norte counties reported increases in testing over the past week. The week-to-week increase in Curry County was 57, totaling 1354 as of this week’s print deadline, with a total of 1333 negative results Del Norte’s numbers are higher, in part because they included staff and inmates from Pelican Bay State Prison. The week-to-week increase was 285 with a total of 7,310 tests, of which 7,186 appear to have been negative.

There has been no change in reporting from Pelican Bay State Prison during the past week.

Curry County Public Health Administrator Sherrié R. Ward cautioned the public on the importance of helping stop the spread of the virus by following health advisories. And Oregon officials emphasized the importance of staying home.

“Labor Day weekend is normally a time of celebrations, reunions and family vacations,” the Oregon Health Authority said in a release. “This year, though, it’s important to reconsider the activities you engage in with friends and family.

“We’ve seen the number of people infected with COVID-19 spike after Memorial Day and Fourth of July holidays. To keep our communities healthy and to be able to reopen schools statewide, we need to avoid that happening this holiday weekend.

“This means staying close to home, spending time with members of our household, avoiding crowds, and following public health guidance.”


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