PORTLAND — Oregon has reported a record number of coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, the state health department said Saturday.

The Oregon Health Authority said there were 1,509 new cases of COVID-19 infections, spread across all but four of the state's 36 counties, with the majority in the population-dense Portland metro area.

Among the seven new deaths being reported Saturday, all of the deceased were in their 70s or 80s, and either had or were suspected of having underlying health conditions.

The previous daily record of 1,306 cases was announced Friday, a reflection of how accelerated the spread of the virus is across the state, officials said.

The state has had a surge in daily cases and hospitalizations since the start of November and health officials have warned that Oregonians are “dying at a faster rate” as cases surge.

The state's total is now 63,668 confirmed or presumed coronavirus infections and 819 deaths.

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