LA GRANDE — For the first time in more than a week, Union County has new COVID-19 cases.
The Center for Human Development Thursday, Sept. 24, reported four new cases of the coronavirus, which brought the county's total up to 439.
CHD had not reported any cases since Sept. 16, when it stated there were two new cases.
For the month, there have been 20 cases overall. There have been no new reported fatalities due to the virus, and the latest weekly COVID-19 report from the Oregon Health Authority did not show any new hospitalizations at Grande Ronde Hospital from the virus as of Sunday night.
The last reported hospitalization at GRH was during the week of Aug. 10, according to OHA data.
Through Wednesday, Union County's positive test rate had decreased to 10.33%, with 404 positive tests out of 3,910 performed. The updated rate will be posted later Thursday with OHA's latest state data.
Wednesday, Oregon had 193 new cases to move its overall case count to 31,503. That came a day after the state reported 328 cases, its first day with more than 100 since Aug. 28.
The total deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Oregon is 538, and the state's positive test rate has increased to 4.65%.