Coronavirus in Oregon: Weekly cases up 30%, hospitalizations double from post-micron low

Oregon health officials reported nearly 7,000 new coronavirus cases for the week ending Sunday, the fifth consecutive week of increased cases since the fall of the omicron wave.

But case growth showed a modest decline, with only 30% more cases than the previous week, after two consecutive weeks of around 50% case growth. In other words, cases are still rising, but not as fast as before, with a possible plateau seen in recent days.

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

Hospitalizations during the current coronavirus outbreak, fueled by mask-free socializing and a highly contagious subvariant of omicron, could peak at around 315 occupied beds in June, according to modeling by Oregon Health and Science University.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 723,336 confirmed or suspected infections and 7,505 deaths.

Where are the newest 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 hospitalized, 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 fully vaccinating 2,899,371 people (67.9% of the population), partially vaccinating 289,211 people (6.8%), and boosting 1,610,494 (37.7%).

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

—Fyodor Zarkhin

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