The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to rise Friday as Umatilla County Public Health reported three new people have tested positive for the virus.

The county identified one of the patients as being in close contact with the previous case, as all three recover from home in self-isolation.

The new cases bring the total number of people actively infected with the coronavirus to 16, while the rest are considered recovered. One patient remains in the hospital.

Most of Umatilla County cases are concentrated in the Hermiston and Umatilla areas, although the county isn’t attributing COVID-19 cases to a specific area if it hasn’t reported more than four cases.

The county hasn’t shared individual demographic data either, but it has begun releasing countywide data.

As of Thursday, more than half of COVID-19 patients were women and more than a quarter were between the ages of 50-59, although the public health department cautioned that the sample size was too small for statistical analysis.

The three cases reported Friday matches three other days for the most reported in a single day since the beginning of the outbreak. As of Friday, 582 tests have been conducted in Umatilla County.

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