Spike in COVID cases continues as Oregon adds 888 more

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon added an additional 888 cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 182,916.

The COVID-19 death toll reached 2,490 after two more deaths were tallied, according to the Oregon Health Authority. The victims were a 78-year-old Jackson County man with underlying medical conditions and a 73-year-old Lane County man whose prior medical conditions were unknown.

Hospitalizations fell by two to 326 and the number of occupied ICU beds fell by seven to 64.

“The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 2,118, which is a 34% increase from the previous seven days,” OHA said. “The peak daily number of beds occupied by COVID-19 positive patients in the most recent seven days is 328.”

OHA reported that 40,769 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. The seven-day running average is now 34,906 doses per day, the agency said.

Oregon has started to see a slowdown in people who want to get vaccinated. Thirteen counties outside the Portland area have told the state to not send any new doses because they simply don’t have the demand. State health leaders say most people in those counties have not been vaccinated.

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Even as the state administers about 35,000 shots per day, just 27% of Oregonians are fully vaccinated. But younger Oregonians newly eligible for the vaccine have been rushing to book appointments and so far 95% of Oregonians who got the first shot returned for the second dose and are fully vaccinated.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday were from the following counties: Baker (4), Benton (21), Clackamas (109), Clatsop (2), Columbia (12), Coos (3), Crook (10), Curry (10), Deschutes (67), Douglas (8), Grant (5), Harney (1), Hood River (2), Jackson (58), Jefferson (6), Josephine (22), Klamath (55), Lake (4), Lane (57), Lincoln (3), Linn (45), Malheur (5), Marion (103),Morrow (2),  Multnomah (153), Polk (13), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (17), Union (1), Wallowa (3), Washington (73) and Yamhill (10).

The largest COVID outbreaks are still being reported in food processing and congregate care facilities. A single case of COVID at a school is recorded as an outbreak and health leaders say most student or staff cases are connected to activities outside of school.

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