Oregon passes 7,000 COVID-19 related deaths

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There are 30 new COVID-19-related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 7,013, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 314 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 702,288.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (10), Clackamas (18), Clatsop (1), Columbia (2), Coos (9), Curry (1), Deschutes (12), Douglas (7), Grant (3), Hood River (3), Jackson (17), Jefferson (2), Josephine (5), Klamath (5), Lane (26), Linn (5), Marion (25), Multnomah (106), Polk (2), Tillamook (5), Umatilla (1), Wasco (1), Washington (45) and Yamhill (3).

Note: An updated news release to follow with additional case and death information.

Oregon crosses threshold of 7,000 COVID-19 related deaths

Today, Oregon recorded more than 7,000 cumulative deaths, even as the state continues to see declines in hospitalizations and the start of a recovery and resilience-building process after more than two years of battling COVID-19, said Dean Sidelinger, M.D., health officer and state epidemiologist.

“We again are reminded that COVID-19 continues to impact families and communities in Oregon, and we recognize each person represents a tremendous loss to those closest to them,” Sidelinger said.

People in Oregon who have not been vaccinated remain at highest risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death.

OHA encourages all eligible individuals to protect themselves against COVID-19 variants by getting vaccinated and getting a booster. They can find a vaccine provider using the Get Vaccinated Oregon tool here.

Last week (March 15), Oregon crossed the threshold of 700,000 COVID-19 related cases. Oregon ranks second lowest among states in the number of cases per capita (16,596 per 100,000). However, the pandemic isn’t over, and COVID-19 poses a risk to many people.

State health officials recommend Oregonians keep in mind the ‘5 Essentials’ for navigating and staying safe during the current phase of the pandemic:

5 Essentials

Variant dashboards updated with Omicron BA.2 lineage break-out

Starting today, OHA’s COVID-19 Daily Data Update dashboard and Variants dashboard will split out the Omicron BA.2 lineage from the other Omicron lineages (B.1.1.529 and all other BA lineages), both with the total counts and the charts that show the proportion of variants in Oregon over time. 

COVID-19 weekly cases, hospitalizations, deaths, decline

St. Charles Hospital reported Wednesday they were caring for 17 COVID-19 patients, which is one less than yesterday. 

Three of those patients are in the ICU and two are on ventilators. 

In the ICU, two patients are fully vaccinated. 

Of the 17 patients, 10 are under the age of 60 and seven are older than 60. 

The COVID-19 Weekly Data Report, released today, showed declines in weekly cases, COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths.

OHA reported 1,769 new cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, March 14 through Sunday, March 20 – a 19% decline from the previous week.

There were 156 COVID-19-related hospitalizations, a 31% decrease over the previous week and the lowest weekly total since late July. There were 90 COVID-19-related deaths, down from 142 the previous week.

Reported COVID-19 test results dropped by 5.7%. There were 89,917 tests administered. Test positivity dropped to 2.5%, the lowest since mid-July. Weekly tests have fallen 69% since the Omicron peak in mid-January. The percent positivity rate has fallen from 24.5% to 2.5% over the same period.

Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 98 total active outbreaks in care facilities, senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed COVID-19 cases or one or more COVID-19-related deaths.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 165, which is 14 fewer than yesterday. There are 27 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is one fewer than yesterday.

There are 89 available adult ICU beds out of 677 total (13% availability) and 359 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,259 (8% availability).

3/23/2022 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

89

(13%)

49

(14%)

5

(5%)

10

(10%)

5

(8%)

2

(20%)

9

(20%)

9

(35%)

Adult non-ICU beds available

359

(8%)

102

(5%)

43

(6%)

45

(8%)

51

(12%)

11

(22%)

66

(17%)

41

(36%)

Statewide regions are as follows:

Region 1: Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook and Washington counties

Region 2: Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties

Region 3: Coos, Curry, Douglas and Lane counties

Region 5: Jackson and Josephine counties

Region 6: Hood River, Gilliam, Sherman and Wasco counties

Region 7: Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake and Wheeler counties

Region 9: Baker, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties

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.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 2,785 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry March 22. Of that total, 234 were initial doses, 270 were second doses and 700 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 1,453 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry March 22.

The seven-day running average is now 2,278 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 4,184,493 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 243,842 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,735,604 doses of Moderna and 269,994 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 3,172,738 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,880,941 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.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our web page (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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