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State tells of 4 new virus cases as officials seek more money to ramp up Oregon efforts

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon state health officer, addresses the media during a recent tour of the Oregon Health Authority’s operations center for the coronavirus. (Jonathan House/Pamplin Media Group)

SALEM — While new infection cases emerge in Oregon, state officials say they need an additional $1.5 million to trace contacts of those found infected with the novel coronavirus and more staffing, according to state documents obtained Friday.

They also say they need an estimated $2.5 million to help local health departments across Oregon prepare for the COVID-19 outbreak and reimburse school districts for the extra costs of sanitizing schools.

Those needs are part of a request made this week by Gov. Kate Brown in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence outlining Oregon’s request for up to $10 million per month in federal . . .