Deschutes Co. weekly COVID cases fall by 11%; vaccination rate nears 65%

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COVID cases in Deschutes County fell by 11% last week, the second straight week of falling numbers.

The decline follows six weeks of rising numbers that culminated with 547 cases the week of May 1st, the highest weekly total since the pandemic began.

County health Tuesday reported 463 total cases last week, down from 520 the week before.

As of Monday, 62.6% of the county had received at least a first dose of the COVID vaccine.

The magic number is 65% – the target individual counties must reach before they can request to move to the state’s lowest COVID risk level.

The state’s target is 70% to fully open the economy and eliminate most of the current COVID restrictions in place. 

Currently, the state’s at 62.1%.

COVID hospitalizations at St. Charles have been higher lately than in previous weeks.

On Friday the hospital reported 39 COVID patients; that number jumped to 47 patients on Monday.

Also on Monday the OHA reported Deschutes County’s 75 COVID-related death.

The 71-year-old woman tested positive on May 7 and died on May 13 at St. Charles Medical Center Bend. She had underlying conditions.

On Tuesday the hospital reported it had 43 COVID patients admitted; eight patients were in the ICU and on ventilators.

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