WALLOWA COUNTY — Wallowa County had a second death attributed to COVID-19 reported in the Saturday, Oct. 17, update from the Oregon Health Authority.

The OHA also reported Saturday a third case in four days in the county, which has had 39 cases of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

OHA's reported fatality was of an 83-year-old Wallowa County woman who died Sept. 29, 15 days after testing positive for the virus. The OHA report said the woman had underlying conditions.

The county's new case of COVID-19 was the third in the week reported by the state's health authority along with single cases Wednesday and Thursday.

Wallowa County has been among the areas of the state least hit by the coronavirus, as just six counties have had fewer cases. The county also has an infection rate of 0.55%, well below the state rate, which is nearing 1%.

Oregon reported 388 cases Saturday and another 220 cases Monday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 39,532 cases of COVID-19, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

The state also had three deaths Saturday but reported no deaths Monday. OHA has attributed 620 deaths in the state to the virus.

As of Friday afternoon, the state's positive test rate was 4.8%, and the county's positive test rate was 3.2%. Roughly 16% of the population of Wallowa County has been tested.

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