Daily COVID cases going down, but past surge leads to jump in death rate

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There are 82 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 4,084 the Oregon Health Authority reported  Tuesday.

Oregon’s 4,011th COVID-19 related death is a 56-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive on Aug. 14 and died on Sept. 5 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,012nd COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive on Aug. 10 and died on Sept. 2 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,021st COVID-19 related death is a 73-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died on Sept. 20 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,022nd COVID-19 related death is a 90-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive on Aug. 21 and died on Sept. 21 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,023rd COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive on Aug. 18 and died on Oct. 6 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,024th COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive on Sept. 9 and died on Oct. 6 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,025th COVID-19 related death is a 94-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive on Sept. 1 and died on Sept. 19 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,026th COVID-19 related death is an 86-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive on Aug. 31 and died on Sept. 20 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,027th COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive on Sept. 11 and died on Sept. 28 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

The OHA reported 1,413 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 345,344.

Note: Today’s total marks the highest number of COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon reported in a single day. This is in part due to a death data reconciliation.

Death is a lagging indicator and generally follows a surge in cases.

In addition, there is often a lag in reporting as our epidemiologists review death certificates.

OHA expects that reported deaths may continue to be high even as daily case counts decrease. This is due to the time lag between when a person tests positive for a case of COVID-19 and when they die with COVID-19.

The best way to reduce COVID-19 related deaths is by getting vaccinated. Safe, free and highly effective vaccines are widely available throughout Oregon.

Third doses and booster doses are also recommended for those who are eligible. Getting vaccinated is helping to bring the surge due to the Delta variant under control and can also reduce the likelihood of other variants emerging.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (34), Clackamas (83), Clatsop (4), Columbia (14), Coos (34), Crook (63), Curry (3), Deschutes (92), Douglas (39), Gilliam (2), Grant (17), Harney (21), Hood River (9), Jackson (63), Jefferson (13), Josephine (24), Klamath (84), Lake (14), Lane (119), Lincoln (8), Linn (48), Malheur (45), Marion (112), Morrow (10), Multnomah (118), Polk (64), Sherman (2), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (96), Union (8), Wallowa (5), Wasco (28), Washington (83) and Yamhill (51).

Crook County health officials say the 63 cases reported Tuesday are the highest single-day total to date. (The previous high was 55 cases last Tuesday.)

Vicky Ryan, a spokeswoman with the department, said the cases are not linked to any single outbreak.

Deschutes County reported 691 cases last week, down from 902 cases the previous week and 865 cases the week before that.

Currently, there are 7,368 active COVID cases in the county – that’s 1 in 26 residents; 113 people have died.

Health Care Workforce dashboard monthly data refresh now available

For October’s data refresh, the Health Care Workforce (HCW) dashboard now includes data up to Oct. 4, 2021. The health care workforce population for each Oregon county has also been added. As expected, vaccination rates continue to climb across all license boards and types for an overall vaccination rate of 82%.

Note: The Health Care Workforce dashboard does not represent the HCW population that needs to be vaccinated under the mandate announced on Aug. 10, 2021. Whether a health care worker falls under the mandate for vaccination can vary among license boards and types based on various circumstances or factors. OHA does not have specific data on the proportion of health care workers subject to the mandate.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

St. Charles on Tuesday reported it had 61 COVID patients; 10 are in the ICU and seven are on ventilators.

Of those 61 patients, 48 are not fully vaccinated.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 585, which is 59 fewer than yesterday. There are 149 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is 21 fewer than yesterday.

There are 56 available adult ICU beds out of 682 total (8% availability) and 298 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,117 (7% availability).

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

10/12/2021 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available)
  Statewide Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 5 Region 6 Region 7 Region 9
Adult ICU beds available 56 (8%) 23 (6%) 4 (5%) 7 (8%) 5 (8%) 3 (30%) 10 (19%) 4 (15%)
Adult non-ICU beds available 298 (7%) 59 (3%) 16 (3%) 64 (10%) 41 (10%) 5 (10%) 75 (18%) 38 (32%)

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain responding to the current surge in COVID-19. You can find a test here.

If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported 10,629 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Oct. 11.

Of that total, 5,808 were administered on Oct. 11. There were 970 initial doses; 1,044 second doses and 3,771 third doses and booster doses. The remaining 5,808 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Oct. 11.

The seven-day running average is now 10,352 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,121,602 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 1,923,609 doses of Moderna and 221,073 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,773,754 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,556,839 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

 

 

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