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Rising COVID-19 numbers cause concern in county


August 18, 2021

Todd Noble

As COVID-19 numbers escalate across the state and in Linn County with the arrival of the Delta Variant and local hospitals fill up, health officials are encouraging reluctant residents to rethink their stances on vaccines.

Over the past three weeks the Oregon Health Authority has reported some 30,000 new cases of COVID-19 infection – numbers for the past weekend were not available at press time.

The most recent figures by zip code showed that Sweet Home has experienced a total of 612 COVID cases, for a population of 13,567, which calculates to 4,510.9 cases per 100,000 people, or approx...

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