Coronavirus in Oregon: Weekly cases soar 30%, hospitalizations double from post-omicron low

Oregon health officials reported nearly 7,000 new coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, the fifth straight week of rising cases since the omicron wave collapsed.

But case growth showed a slight decline, with only 30% more cases than the previous week, after two consecutive weeks with case growth of around 50%. In other words, cases continue to climb, but not as fast as they had been – with a possible plateau seen in recent days.

Hospitalizations, lagging behind cases, seem to have started to catch up. Just under 170 people in Oregon are now hospitalized with COVID-19, double the post-omicron low of 84 occupied beds. About half are considered incidental cases or hospitalizations where the person came for treatment for a different condition and tested positive for COVID-19.

Hospitalizations during the current coronavirus crisis, driven by maskless socializing and a highly contagious omicron subvariant, could peak at around 315 occupied beds in June, according to modeling from Oregon Health & Science University.

From the beginning : Oregon has reported 723,336 confirmed or presumed infections and 7,505 deaths.

Where are the most recent cases by county: Baker (3), Benton (262), Clackamas (750), Clatsop (44), Columbia (86), Coos (22), Crook (23), Curry (7), Deschutes (452), Douglas (63), Grant (3), Harney (1), Hood River (29), Jackson (178), Jefferson (19), Josephine (75), Klamath (38), Lake (2), Lane (487), Lincoln (41) , Linn (153), Malheur (19), Marion (411), Morrow (6), Multnomah (2,318), Polk (92), Sherman (1), Tillamook (34), Umatilla (24), Wallowa (4 ), Wasco (23), Washington (1,156) and Yamhill (96).

Hospitalizations: 168 people with confirmed coronavirus infections are in hospital, up 24 since Monday, April 25. That includes 29 people in intensive care, up 14 since April 25.

Vaccines: As of April 25, the state reported having fully vaccinated 2,899,371 people (67.9% of the population), partially vaccinated 289,211 people (6.8%), and vaccinated 1,610,494 (37.7%) .

New deaths: Since April 25, the Oregon Health Authority has reported 20 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

Fedor Zarkhin

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