Oregon reports more than 400 new coronavirus cases

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials on Saturday reported 409 new coronavirus cases.

The Oregon Health Authority said the high number is partially due to a new reporting system that prevented processing some positive cases on Thursday.

The state is reporting 11,851 cases overall of the virus with 232 deaths. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

The agency said that since the state began reopening, spread of the virus has occurred at family celebrations for graduations, birthdays, weddings and holidays. The agency also says it has recorded outbreaks linked to exercise classes, fraternity parties and bachelor parties.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.