PORTLAND, Ore (KOIN) — Gov. Kate Brown rolled Malheur County from Phase 2 back to Phase 1 effective on Monday, August 17.

Malheur County has a third-highest case rate in the state of Oregon — 266 cases per 10,000 people. Their positivity rate over the past 2 weeks is 26%, compared to the state average of 5.8%.

In the Thursday report, Malheur County had 12 new cases, slightly below their two-week average of 15 per day.

In a statement, Brown said, “Over the past month, COVID-19 cases in Malheur County have risen so much that restrictions must be put back in place or we risk further illnesses and death in the region. I know this change is difficult, but immediate action is necessary in order to reduce the spread of the disease and protect all those who call Malheur County home.”

8 deaths, 294 new cases on Thursday

Eight people ranging in age from 55 to 85 died from COVID-19, bringing the Oregon death toll to 383, officials said Thursday.

A total of 294 new confirmed/presumptive cases of the novel coronavirus were recorded in 25 of Oregon’s 36 counties. The tri-county region of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties combined for 134 of those cases.

Since the pandemic began, a total of 22,300 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Oregon.

The 25 counties with confirmed cases: Baker (3), Benton (5), Clackamas (14), Columbia (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (4), Hood River (2), Jackson (16), Jefferson (13), Josephine (2), Klamath (2), Lane (7), Lincoln (7), Linn (4), Malheur (12), Marion (35), Morrow (6), Multnomah (84), Polk (6), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (20), Union (2), Wasco (2), Washington (36), and Yamhill (9).

Of the 8 deaths, 3 were in Multnomah County, 2 in Clackamas County and one each in Deschutes, Columbia and Malheur counties. Six of them had underlying health conditions, while a determination for others is pending.