The Oregon Health Authority on Friday reported eight COVID-19 deaths and 844 coronavirus cases, with the state’s case trajectory continuing a slow descent.
Oregon is averaging 739 cases a day over the past week, down 12% from the April 27 spring peak. Active hospitalizations among people with COVID-19 also sank for a fourth day in a row, down nearly 8% since peaking earlier this month.
Despite those signs of optimism, coronavirus spread “remains a source of concern,” Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state’s health officer and epidemiologist, said in a recorded video Friday. Oregon’s test positivity rate for the past week remains above 6% – meaning six out of every 100 tests return a positive result – exceeding the state’s goal of 5%.
“The percentage of people testing positive for the virus is stubbornly high,” he said. “This is a hallmark of the new more transmissible variants that are present here in Oregon. The virus is attacking younger and unvaccinated people.”
Sidelinger also talked generally about students testing positive, without providing statistics, and asked people to stay home if sick or exposed.
“We’re seeing an increase in people who get sick in the community and then attend school. Safety measures in place in schools have limited the spread,” he said.
“But students who are exposed need to quarantine in case they get sick,” he added. “And this is disruptive to their education, particularly at a time when many just recently returned to in-person education. We all have a role in limiting the spread of COVID in our schools and in our communities.”
Vaccines: Oregon reported 54,747 newly administered doses, which includes 31,750 Thursday and the remainder from previous days.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (2), Benton (16), Clackamas (104), Clatsop (3), Columbia (10), Coos (4), Crook (12), Deschutes (87), Douglas (11), Gilliam (1), Grant (5), Harney (3), Hood River (4), Jackson (36), Jefferson (12), Josephine (7), KIamath (42), Lake (1), Lane (71), Lincoln (2), Linn (44), Malheur (1), Marion (80), Morrow (1), Multnomah (146), Polk (12), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (10), Union (4), Wasco (2), Washington (94), Wheeler (2) and Yamhill (14).
Who died: Oregon’s 2,515th death linked to COVID-19 is a 74-year-old Coos County man who tested positive April 11 and died May 6. His location of death is not yet known.
The 2,516th fatality is an 89-year-old Grant County man who tested positive April 12 and died May 5 at his residence.
Oregon’s 2,517th death is a 60-year-old Jackson County man who tested positive April 10 and died May 5 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.
The 2,518th fatality is a 57-year-old Marion County man who tested positive April 18 and died May 2 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital.
Oregon’s 2,519th death is an 84-year-old Multnomah County woman who tested positive April 19 and died April 26 at her residence.
The 2,520th fatality is an 87-year-old Multnomah County man who tested positive April 19 and died April 21 at his residence.
Oregon’s 2,521st death is a 100-year-old Multnomah County woman who tested positive April 30 and died May 6 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
The 2,522nd fatality is a 57-year-old Jefferson County man who tested positive April 9 and died May 6 at St. Charles Madras Hospital.
Each person had underlying health conditions or state officials were confirming if the person had underlying conditions.
Hospitalizations: 324 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, down four from Thursday. That includes 90 people in intensive care, unchanged from Thursday.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 189,986 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,522 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported 3,213,945 vaccine doses administered, fully vaccinating 1,385,116 people and partially vaccinating 541,905 people.
To see more data and trends, visit projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/
-- Brad Schmidt; [email protected]; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt