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Saginaw and Bay counties see increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases

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"This week, we have seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases", said Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek, Thurston County Health Officer, in a letter to the community.

Public health officials in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties reported new coronavirus cases on Monday, following a statewide trend in rising cases over the the preceding weeks. There are 161 people hospitalized with the disease around the state.

Individuals who travel to hot spots in the country, those areas where higher rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases are reported, are strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 five to seven days after returning from their trip or sooner if experiencing symptoms. As of Saturday, the county reported that people aged 80 or older account for almost half the reported deaths here, but less than 4 percent of confirmed cases. During the same time period, the percent of positive tests in Mecklenburg has hovered around 11%.

Seventy-four deaths were reported in the second full week in July.

No new deaths from the virus were reported on Sunday, keeping the county's death toll at 478. DHHS reported 1,268new cases Monday, for a total of 101,046. However, the number of people needing hospital-level care with COVID-19 has been steadily increasing locally since May and peaked on in early July with more than 180 patients per day.

Testing is conducted daily from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.

Positive case No. 108 is a symptomatic male in his 70s with unknown exposure and is now hospitalized. Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

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