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Clatsop County reports fifth coronavirus case

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The fifth positive case of the coronavirus was reported Monday in Clatsop County.

The man is between the age of 50 and 59 and lives in the southern part of the county. He is a contact of an earlier reported case and was at home under quarantine, according to the county’s Public Health Department.

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Clatsop County is tracking five local coronavirus cases.

The first reported case was a woman between 30 and 40 years old who lives in the northern part of the county.

The other three who tested positive live in the southern part of the county. They include a woman and a man between 30 and 40 years old and a man between 40 and 50 years old. The men had contact with one another.

Without identifying which cases, the county said two of the people had recovered and were no longer under quarantine. The others are under quarantine at home.

The Oregon Health Authority tracked 192 test results in Clatsop County as of Monday morning, including four of the positive cases.

The health authority reported 1,132 cases and 29 deaths from the virus statewide as of Monday.

Dick Hughes of the Oregon Capital Bureau contributed to this report.

Nicole Bales is a reporter for The Astorian, covering police, courts and county government. Contact her at 971-704-1724 or nbales@dailyastorian.com.

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