COVID-19 hospitalizations down in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State officials reported the number of Oregonians sick enough to be hospitalized with coronavirus hit a new low Sunday.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports there were 92 active hospitalizations May 3.

That number represents a drop of more than 40% from the 156 reported hospitalizations on April 8, the first day state officials disclosed active hospitalizations for confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Locally, 22 of the 78 confirmed cases in Deschutes County required hospitalization at some point and on Monday St. Charles reported it has just one current COVID patient.

And on Sunday, the Oregon Health Authority reported no new coronavirus deaths and disclosed 45 additional infections, raising the statewide total of confirmed infections to 2,680. At least 109 people have died.

The virus causes mild to moderate symptoms in most patients, and the vast majority recover.

But it is highly contagious and can be spread by those who appear healthy and can cause severe illness and death in some patients, particularly the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

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