Benton County residents in Washington state have coronavirus, OHA says

The two cases in Benton County are among the latest eight announced Monday.

Posted: Mar 16, 2020 5:57 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2020 12:58 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Two Benton County residents have tested positive for novel coronavirus, according to an announcement from the Oregon Health Authority.

The residents are in Washington state and are among eight identified Monday, bringing the state's total to 47. One person has died.

There are also two more cases in Deschutes County and one case each in Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah and Washington counties.

“I know it’s difficult to learn that we are seeing more active community spread of COVID-19, but this is something we’ve been expecting,” said Dean Sidelinger with the OHA Public Health Division. “It’s a good reminder to take steps to protect yourself, and vulnerable friends and family members, by washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes, and staying home and away from others if you’re sick.”

Locally, one case out of the 47 is in Douglas County, and there are 10 cases in connection with the Oregon Veterans' Home in Lebanon. Nine of those cases are residents and one is an employee.

Stay with KEZI 9 News for the latest numbers and information.

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