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Sat Dec 5, 2020, 06:43 AM

'Our hardest days still lie ahead,' Oregon governor says as state sets coronavirus records, modeling

‘Our hardest days still lie ahead,’ Oregon governor says as state sets coronavirus records, modeling warns of new ones

Gov. Kate Brown on Friday offered an unflinching portrait of the state’s growing COVID-19 crisis, reporting more daily cases and deaths than ever before while warning that new modeling shows the trajectory will likely get “much worse” before a majority of Oregonians are vaccinated against the virus.

The state reported 2,176 cases and 30 deaths, pushing the known death toll past 1,000 Oregonians.

It was a dramatic leap, shattering the previous daily case and fatality records by at least 25%. And in a few weeks, Brown and state public health leaders cautioned, it could represent the new normal.

“I know it’s hard to imagine,” Brown said, “but in fact, our hardest days still lie ahead.”

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/12/oregon-could-hit-2000-to-2700-daily-covid-19-cases-by-christmas-eve-new-modeling-shows.html

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