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BREAKING: Union County reaches six cases of COVID-19

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UNION COUNTY — Union County has another case of COVID-19.

The Center for Human Development Inc. in a press release Monday morning confirmed the county’s sixth case of the coronavirus.

“This case was a contact to a confirmed case,” according to the press release.

The nonprofit that serves as the county’s public health agency also reported it is conducting a contact investigation and will reach out to anyone this new case may have come into contact with.

The center reported the county’s fifth case on Friday, the same day local businesses had approval to enter Gov. Kate Brown’s first phase of reopening after almost two months of restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. Union County Public Health Administrator Carrie Brogoitti said it is likely we will see more cases as the county enters Phase 1 and more people leave their homes and come into contact with one another. She said it is important to continue following social distancing guidelines and proper hygiene to minimize the spread.

Union County has no deaths due to COVID-19. Three of the six confirmed cases are considered active.

As usual, health officials did not identify the individual with the virus.

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