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State officials trace major virus outbreak to church in Union County

LA GRANDE — Oregon health officials Tuesday pinned Union County's spike of COVID-19 on one church.

Union County on Tuesday added 119 confirmed cases of COVID-19, boosting the count in the county to 240, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Thomas Jeanne, deputy state health officer and epidemiologist, said during a Tuesday afternoon call with media members that 236 cases were connected to Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Island City.

The outbreak is officially the largest to date in Oregon.

"This accounts for roughly 47% of the 462 cases reported (in the state) over the past two days," Jeanne said.

The state is hoping that is the extent of it. Jeanne said there were no outstanding test results pending after 356 members of the church were tested over the weekend. Health officials indicated it is . . .