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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Here is the latest information from April 11, 2020, in Oregon and Southwest Washington in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:
3 deaths, 76 new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon
The Oregon Health Authority confirmed Saturday it has logged three deaths and 76 new cases of the novel coronavirus.
The new cases breakdown into the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (5), Coos (1), Deschutes (2), Klamath (1), Lane (1), Linn (2), Malheur (1), Marion (17), Multnomah (26), Polk (1), Umatilla (3), Union (1), Wasco (2), Washington (10), and Yamhill (2).
The new data puts the state’s death toll at 51 and number of cases at 1,447.
Washington numbers rise
The state of Washington reports that over 10,000 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The Department of Health updated the state’s website with figures on Friday, April 10 at 11:59 p.m. A total of 10,224 people have the virus.
The state’s death toll has reached 491.
Gov. Brown makes ‘vote by mail’ push
Oregon Govenror Kate Brown released a video for the first time in a week late Friday. The message was to add momentum to the push for mail-in voting for the November elections.
“This week in Wisconsin, the Supreme Court required folks to vote in person,” Brown said in the video. “The result was a scramble for elections officials to prepare polling places and protect voters and workers just hours before balloting was scheduled to begin. No one should be forced to risk their life to cast their ballot. No one.”
The state of Oregon has conducted its voting by mail for more than two decades. Brown went on to add that every state that has adopted a vote-by-mail process has seen an increase in voter participation.
“Frankly, it’s long past time for the country to adopt mail-in voting or no-excuse absentee voting, nationwide,” Brown said.