Health officials see COVID cases tied to Pendleton Round-Up

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PENDLETEON (AP) — Health officials in Umatilla County, Oregon, say they are starting to see COVID-19 cases linked to the Pendleton Round-Up.

Umatilla County Public Health Director Joseph Fiumara told county commissioners Monday the county’s case count last week was 550 cases of COVID-19, and Fiumara said he had 151 pending cases from the weekend.

So far, there are 44 cases of the illness tied to the Pendleton Round-Up, most from Umatilla County and some from Wallowa County.

The news comes as Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says there is ample supply of the Pfizer vaccine in the state for people eligible for vaccine booster shots at least six months after they complete the two-shot vaccine series.

Officials say it’s too early to say if Oregon’s new infection cases foreshadow a new spike in cases statewide.

The Round-Up is a large, annual rodeo that concluded this year on Sept. 25.

The rodeo and and festival typically attract large crowds to northeastern Oregon.

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