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

The county had four cases in five days, according to OHA, and as of Tuesday afternoon has had 40 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 reported four new cases of COVID-19 in the last week, with individual cases Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, according to OHA.

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 0.559%, well below the state rate, which is nearing 1%.

Oregon’s latest report Tuesday had 346 new cases and six deaths, and since the start of the pandemic the state has reported 40,136 cases of COVID-19. OHA has attributed 633 deaths in the state to the virus. The current survival rate of known cases in Oregon is 98.42%.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the state’s positive test rate was 4.8%, and the county’s positive test rate was 3.35%. Roughly 16% of the population of Wallowa County has been tested.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated.

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