The state health authority reported 457 new cases on Friday.
After weeks of steady decline, COVID-19 cases are rising in Oregon, in part due to Labor Day gatherings, college students returning to school and the state’s recent wildfires, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
The state agency reported 457 new cases on Friday — the single highest daily total since the pandemic began.
Among the recent cases was an outbreak connected to Pacific Seafood in Clatsop County, the Oregon Health Authority noted Friday. That outbreak investigation began on Sept. 15 and now has been linked to 79 people with COVID-19.
The recent wildfires in Oregon, which erupted earlier this month, likely played a role in the COVID-19 uptick, Oregon Health Authority spokesperson Tim